Abdul Aziz Sa'ad Al-Khaldi

Infobox WoT detainees
subject_name = Abdul Aziz Saad Al Khaldi



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place_of_birth = Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdul Aziz Saad Al Khaldi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia, held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf
title=List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006
author=OARDEC
publisher=United States Department of Defense
date=May 15 2006
accessdate=2007-09-29
] His Guantanamo Internee Security Number is 112.The Department of Defense reports that Al Khaldi was born on September 1 1979, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Identity

Captive 112 was named inconsistently on various Department of Defense documents:
*Captive 112 was named Abdul Aziz Sa'ad Al-Khaldi on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 21 October 2004.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/000101-000200.pdf#25
title=Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al-Khaldi, Abdul Aziz Sa'ad
date=21 October 2004
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 25-26
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-03
]
*Captive 112 was named Abdul Aziz Saad Al Khaldi on the official list released on May 15 2006.
*Captive 112 was named Abdul Mohammed on a habeas corpus petitions submitted on his behalf.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/publicly_filed_CSRT_records_698-814.pdf#90
title=Abdul Mohammed v. George Walker Bush
date=22 July 2005
pages=pages 90-117
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2008-05-05
]

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

] Three chairs were reserved for members of the press, but only 37 of the 574 Tribunals were observed.cite web
url=http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=3902
title=Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials
publisher=United States Department of Defense
date=March 6 2007
accessdate=2007-09-22
] ] Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct a competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.

Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however, were not authorized to determine whether the captives were "lawful combatants" -- rather they were merely empowered to make a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously been correctly determined to match the Bush administration's definition of an enemy combatant.

ummary of Evidence memo

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Abdul Aziz Sa'ad Al-Khaldi's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 21 October 2004.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/000101-000200.pdf#25
title=Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al-Khaldi, Abdul Aziz Sa'ad
date=21 October 2004
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 25-26
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-03
] The memo listed the following allegations against him: :

Transcript

Al Khaldi chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal. cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt/Set_31_2145-2265.pdf#53
title=Summarized Statement
date=date redacted
pages=pages 53-63
author=OARDEC
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2008-05-08
] On March 3 2006, in response to a court order from Jed Rakoff the Department of Defense published an eleven page summarized transcript from his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.cite news
url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/US-releases-Guantanamo-files/2006/04/04/1143916500334.html
title=US releases Guantanamo files
publisher=The Age
date=April 4, 2006
accessdate=2008-03-15
quote=
]

Opening statement

Al Khaldi informed his Tribunal he felt he had been forced to utter falsehoods, in order to avoid torture.

Al Khaldi asserted that during his interrogation his interrogators were confusing him with someone else. He was shown an ID cardthat bore a different picture and a different name than his ownand his interrogators insisted it was his ID.

Al Khaldi informed his Tribunal that his brother was in Guantanamo as well, but the camp authorities wouldn't let themsee one another.

Al Khaldi told his Tribunal that his letters from home were being withheld, and he found this psychological damaging.

Al Khaldi told his Tribunal that he hoped his testimony wouldn't lead to more torture.

Testimony in response to the allegations

He denied any association with al Qaeda.

When addressing the first specific allegation that he was associated with al Qaeda Al Khaldi acknowledged that he left Saudi Arabia after September 11, 2001 to travel to Afghanistan. But the reason he did so was to meet his brother, and try to convince his brother to return to Saudi Arabia. He would have left earlier, but his last final exam was on September 23 2001. When addressing the second allegation that he was associated with Al QaedaAl Khaldi claimed he had never heard of the guesthouse he stayed in.He chose it to stay at simply because it had vacancies.He didn't receive any training at the house, and he paid for all his expenses.

In response to the general allegation that he participated in hostile actsAl Khaldi asserted that he was a civilian and denied participating in any hostilities.

In response to the first, second, third and fourth specific allegations that he participated in specific hostile acts
*Al Khaldi denied ever carrying a weapon in his life.
*Al Khaldi denied going anywhere near any battlefields.
*Al Khaldi acknowledged meeting his brother in Khawajah Ghar, but denied it could be considered a battlefield.
*Al Khaldi denied being captured. He voluntarily surrendered himself to the authorities, around the 25-28th November, hoping that they could help him safely exit Afghanistan.
*Al Khaldi said that when he went to the Northern Alliance they tied him up.

Further testimony on his behalf

Al Khaldi repeated that the sole reason he traveled to Afghanistan was to try to talk his brother into returning to Saudi Arabia. No one arranged his travel for him. No one paid his travel expenses for him.

Al Khaldi stated he had never said anything against the United States or its coalition partners. And, after examining the definition of "enemy combatant" he couldn't see how it applied to him.

Al Khaldi repeated the hope that his testimony at his Tribunal wouldn't bring more torture down on him.

Testimony in response to questions from the Tribunal's officers

In response to questions from the Tribunal's officers:
*Al Khaldi acknowledged traveling to Afghanistan from Saudi Arabia with a school chum, named Ulsur Yumani.
*Al Khaldi explained that he paid for his travels from his monthly University stipend and for odd jobs he did at the University. After three years of imprisonment he couldn't recall exactly how much he had taken -- but it was enough for him to get there, and pay for both his return, and his brother's return.
*Al Khaldi answered that the University he attended was Al-Imam Mohamed ibn Saud Islamic University.
*Al Khaldi said the unclassified summary was missing one of his family names -- that his name was really Abdul Aziz Sa'ad Alfalfi sic, and that this was the name on his passport, which he had with him.
*Al Khaldi confirmed he had never met anyone from al Qaeda before he was captured.
*Al Khaldi confirmed he saw other patrons at the Guest house carrying weapons. He said everywhere one went one saw men carrying weapons. That they were carrying weapons did not mean they were soldiers.
*Al Khaldi confirmed that he had been tortured after he arrived in Cuba, as well as before he left Afghanistan. The first people who tortured him were the Afghan authorities, who tortured him every time he denied being a member of the Taliban or al Qaeda. Then, in Kandahar, an English speaking interrogator tortured him. One of his teeth was broken during these brutal interrogations.

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