Unclassified summary of evidence for administrative review board in the case of Matin, Abdul (2006-04-04)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
4 April 2006
To: Matin, Abdul
Subject: Unclassified summary of evidence for administrative review board in the case of Matin, Abdul

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; (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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. In the fall of 1998, the detainee traveled from Mansehra, Pakistan to Sherberghan, Afghanistan to look after his family's property holdings.
  2. While on a trip to Mazar-e-Sharif , Afghanistan the detainee stayed at Sharifuddin's house. The detainee claims he knew Sharifuddin through his father.
  3. The detainee's stay in Afghanistan coincided with the three to four month break between school sessions at Mansehra.
  4. While the detainee was staying as a guest, either Sharifuddin or his nephew would ask the detainee to write items such as letters and receipts in an unofficial capacity for Taliban government matters.
  5. Sharifuddin had the detainee arrested. The detainee was accused of taking bribes.
  6. The detainee was eventually released from jail.
  7. Once the detainee was released from Afghanistan, he went back to Pakistan and did not return to Afghanistan until several years later.
  8. During the spring of 2002, the detainee was on a trip from Pakistan via Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif , Afghanistan to verify his family's land holdings. The detainee was injured when something exploded at a bazaar he was at in Mazar-e-Sharif .
  9. The detainee was injured from the explosion at Mazar-e-Sharif so a friend drove him to his home. His friend saw that the detainee's foot was broken. His friend took the detainee to a hospital to try to get it X-rayed but could not and instead his friend sent the detainee to Kabul. The friend drove the detainee to a Taliban Intelligence Office and the detainee was turned over to the police.
  10. The detainee was transferred from a prison in Kabul, Afghanistan to a prison in Sheberghan, Afghanistan.
  11. The detainee's second jail term lasted over one year.
'b. Connections/Associations
  1. Sharifuddin was the head of the Estakbarat for the Northern part of Afghanistan, and his office was located in Mazar-e-Sharif.
  2. The detainee's name was part of a list of names of Sherberghan prisoners affiliated with the Taliban and al Qaida and was deemed a continuing threat to Coalition Forces.
  3. A source has identified the detainee as the Deputy Chief of the Estakbarat in Mazar-e-Sharif .
'c. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee claims that his family owned warehouses, several stores, and hotels in Sheberghan , Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee's family's land and property was taken when the Soviets occupied Afghanistan . Once the Taliban regime was removed , his family's land and property was redistributed back to the people .
  3. The detainee has stated that he graduated from high school in 1992 and then became a teacher and taught school in the Mansehra area.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

The detainee claims he was not involved in anyway with the Taliban.


The detainee stated he does not hate Americans, and just wishes to be released.


During an interview at the Sheberghan, Afghanistan prison, the detainee denied being the deputy of the director of intelligence for the Taliban.


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,