Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Tahanmatan, Mohammed (2006)

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UNCLASSIFIED

Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

14 November 2006

To: Tahanmatan, Mohammed
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Tahanmatan, Mohammed


1.

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

2.

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.

3.

The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee stated he became a member of the Jamaat al Tablighi religious group when he was 14 years old.
  2. The detainee stated he traveled to Jordan in October 2001, seeking a vise to Pakistan. The detainee turned his passport over to the Jamaat al Tablighi when he arrived in Jordan and Jamaat al Tablighi arranged for the detainee visa for travel to Pakistan.
  3. The detainee stated he went on two conversion missions while at the Jamaat al Tablighi headquarters in Raiwand, Pakistan.
  4. The detainee stated he met two Afghani men during a lecture at the Jamaat al Tablighi headquarters in Raiwand, Pakistan who pressured him into traveling to Afghanistan in February 2001, even though the Jamaat al Tablighi expressly forbade travel to Afghanistan as too dangerous. The detainee stated he departed for Afghanistan despite the warning.
  5. The detainee stated he traveled with the two Afghan men to Quetta, Pakistan, where he was taken to a compound containing Afghan refugees and Arab men who looked like fighters. The detainee was advised not to travel to Afghanistan, and his travel was arranged to Lahore, Pakistan.
b. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee identified 16 other detainee who were with him at the guest house in Faisalabad, Pakistan, where he was captured.
  2. The safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan was used by a senior al Qaida operative.
  3. A source stated the detainee was with the Jamaat al Tablighi group and went to Afghanistan for training.
  4. The detainee stated he heard that two of his uncles are associated with Hamas. The detainee stated that his uncles are well known to Israeli authorities, and both have been arrested numerous times.
c. Intent
The detainee stated he believes Christians and Jews are his enemies, and he must fight them, but he has not picked up any weapons to fight.
4.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

a.

The detainee stated he has no connection to al Qaida or the Taliban, and has no knowledge of past of future terrorist attacks. The detainee stated he has no allegiance to any terrorist organization in the West Bank, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, or Islamic Jihad. The detainee stated his father has had an ongoing feud with his uncles about their role with Hamas for about twenty years.

b.

The detainee stated he does not support the use of suicide bombers, and does not believ that individual religious leaders are qualified to issue fatwas.

c.

The detainee stated he was invited to go to Afghanistan for the purpose of tourism, which he accepted. The detainee stated he was not part of any opposition forces and went to Afghanistan believing he would stay away from the areas of fighting. The detainee stated he was asked to go to Afghanistan to fight the jihad. The detainee refused because he was not interested in jihad, but had considered going as a tourist.

d.

The detainee stated he did not observe any weapons or hear any talk of fighting or of the Taliban while staying at the guest house in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

e.

The detainee stated he does not want to return to Palestine because of the ongoing war with Israel. The detainee stated if he is given the opportunity to return to the Middle East, he would like to live in either Saudi Arabia in Mecca or Medina or in Doha, Qatar. The detainee stated he does not have any family there and the reason to return there is to pray and study Islam.

5.

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.