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Abdul Samad is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 911.

Abdul Samad was transferred to Afghanistan on Sept. 18, 2004.[2]



The US Department of Defense estimates he was born in 1982, in Zormat, Afghanistan.[1] The human rights organization Reprieve reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross estimates he was born in 1987.[3]

Samad was taken into custody during the raid on the compound of Samoud Khan, a renegade militia leader.[4] According to Andy Worthington, Samad and the other men and boys captured in Samoud's compound were "treated brutally in a forward operating base in Gardez until they confessed."

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

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 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.

Administrative Review Board

Captives whose CSRT labelled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to judge whether the captive still posed a threat if repatriated to their home country.[5]

Abdul Samad's status

Participation in a Guantanamo captive's CSRT or ARB hearing was optional.[3] There is no record of his participation in his CSRT or his first two ARB hearings. But his Tribunal and his ARB would have convened without him. According to Reprieve Samad was still detained in Guantanamo as of May 2, 2006.




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