Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Zahir, Abdul

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UNCLASSIFIED
Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
02 January 2008
To: ZAHIR, ABDUL
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Zahir, Abdul
1.

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determ ine 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; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home 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 fought the jihad in Tajikistan for two to three months.
  2. The detainee stated he worked as a translator for an al Qaida commander in charge of training the Taliban for fighting the Northern Alliance.
  3. The detainee stated that during the three to four years he worked for the al Qaida commander, he was tasked by the al Qaida commander to distribute money to a group of Mujahedin fighting in Pakistan.
  4. The detainee stated he was involved in an incident when an associate threw a grenade into a car with foreign journalists.
  5. The detainee stated that after the Taliban fell, the al Qaida commander tasked the detainee with distributing money to a new Taliban cell.
  6. The detainee stated the mission of the new cell was to terrorize the foreigners out of Afghanistan and then topple the new government through the killing or hurting of all foreigners.
  7. The detainee stated that during a meeting he attended for the new Taliban cell, the detainee was tasked with finding anti-American Afghanis who could conduct small operations against American soldiers.
  8. The detainee stated he obtained a copier to reproduce anti-coalition propaganda.
b) Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was identified as knowing everyone in al Qaida and having met with Usama bin Laden many times.
  2. The detainee was identified as a member of al Qaida and as an associate of an al Qaida explosives expert.
  3. The detainee stated he met several times with a member of a group that fought with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance.
  4. The detainee stated he met several times a Finance Minister for al Qaida.
4 The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
a)

The detainee stated he is not part of a terrorist organization.

b)

The detainee stated he was not a military man, and worked for the at Qaida commander only in the capacity of translator . The detainee stated he worked for money, not for political views or purpose.

c)

The detainee stated he did not have knowledge of any plans to harm American government officials or their family members in the United States.

5.

You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the 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.