Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Sawad, Al Madani (2006-10-20)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants
at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

20 October 2006

To: Sawad, Al Madani
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Sawad, Al Madani

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.


The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state or to a third state; (2) transfer you to your home state, or a third state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state, or the third state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
1. The detainee stated he lived in the United States at two locations. The first was Atlanta, Georgia around 1990. The detainee later lived in Gathersburg, Maryland.
2. The detainee has traveled to Romania where he was introduced to humanitarian organizations including the Islamic Heritage Revival and the Islamic Relief Organization.
3. According to a senior al Qaida operative the detainee first traveled to Afghanistan in 1993.
4. The detainee used an acquaintance to gain entry to Afghanistan.
5. In 1994, the detainee traveled to Bosnia.
6. The detainee taught Arabs how to fight the jihad during the Bosnia-Serb War.
7. Around 1995 the detainee traveled to Turkey and Holland and from there to England.
8. The detainee stated he stole a passport and also admitted he bought a forged Belgium passport.
9. In 1997, the detainee visited al Qaida cells in New York City and upstate New York. This trip was financed by the leader of the London, England al Qaida cell.
10. In 1998, the detainee traveled to Afghanistan, where he stayed in the al Ansar Guest House of a known al Qaida facilitator.
11. The detainee visited the Khaldan Camp.
12. The detainee went to Afghanistan a second time around 1999.
13. A source stated the detainee took another trip to the United States around 2000 and then traveled to London and met with al Qaida cell leaders.
14. The detainee stated he went to Afghanistan in 2000 specifically to be with the Mujahedin on the front lines. The detainee ate, slept and carried a gun with the troops on the front line.
15. A source stated the detainee was a fighter in Tora Bora and Bagram, Afghanistan.
16. A source stated the detainee was in charge of a group of men at Tora Bora, Afghanistan and that the detainee was close to Usama bin Laden because he was able to speak to bin Laden without requesting permission.
17. The detainee was seen armed with a 82mm mortar and an M43 - 120mm mortar which he was taking to the front line.
18. The detainee stated he was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle while hidden in a cave are of Tora Bora.
b. Training
1. A source stated the detainee received training on basic explosives and booby traps.
2. The detainee fought against the Serbs and was trained on the use of Kalashnikov rifle and rocket propelled grenades.
c. Connections/Associations
1. A source stated the detainee is known to have links to al Qaida as a recruiter.
2. The detainee was identified as a member of the London England al Qaida cell.
3. The detainee received assistance from nongovernmental organizations known to support al Qaida.
4. The detainee stated he knew the former representative of Usama bin Laden based in the United Kingdom.
5. A source stated that the detainee was an advisor to Usama bin Laden and organizer at Tora Bora, Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan.
6. A source stated that the detainee was very close to Usama bin Laden and would ask him for advice on how to deal with certain military situations and where to stage weapons.
7. A source stated that the detainee acted as a special interpreter for Usama bin Laden and was the only person close to Usama bin Laden who spoke fluent English and Arabic.
8. A source stated that the detainee received money from Usama bin Laden.
9. The detainee stated he had never heard of al Qaida until 2000 but knew about Usama bin Laden.
10. The detainee stated he never met Usama bin Laden and did not know of Usama bin Laden receiving contributions from various organizations. The detainee also stated he did not know of anybody preaching about Usama bin Laden in Britain.
d. Intent
1. The detainee referred to himself as a terrorist and stated that the United States would and should fall because it has become an unjust nation.
2. The detainee stated he would be happy to be a martyr for his religion.
e. Other Relevant Data

The detainee was captured in the Jalalabda, Afghanistan area after he and others had fled the Tora Bora area of Afghanistan.

4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

The detainee stated the lifestyle he led while living in Britain would not allow him to have been involved in organizations associated with terrorism. The detainee is a Mujahedin serving his religion but for good reasons.


The detainee stated he was never recruited by anyone and he did not play a role with people involved with terrorist acts.


The detainee stated he never saw any training taking place at the Khaldan Camp but he did see the caves where the mosque and storage areas where .


The detainee admitted he delivered food and aid to the Arab Brigade 3rd Corps in Zenitsa, Bosnia but never served with the brigade.


The detainee stated that while he was on the front lines in Afghanistan he never fired a shot and that the fighting was not very bad when he was there.


You will be provided with a meaningful opportunity to be heard and present information to this Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.