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Sadik Ahmad Turkistani is an ethnic Uyghur born and raised in Saudi Arabia and an opponent of the Taliban. A prisoner of the Taliban, he was briefly freed when the they were overthrown, but was then promptly captured by the Americans and shipped to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[1] He war repatriated to Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2006.[2]

In a list of the names of detainees the Department of Defense released on May 15, 2006 Turkistani's place of birth was given as Taif, Saudi Arabia.[3] Unusually, his date of birth was given as "UNKNOWN". His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 491.

Turkistani was imprisoned by the Taliban for four and a half years, because he was alleged to have been involved in a plot to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Turkistani admits being opposed to the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, but he denies that he was involved in any plots.[1]


Read into the Senate records

During a debate on Senator Lindsey Graham's motion to prevent detainees having access to the US courts Senator Jeff Bingeman had several Washington Post articles on the plight of the Uyghur detainees read into the Senate Record.[4] One of the articles focussed on Turkistani's plight.[1]

No official American sources have said why Turkistani was captured, why he was held, or why he was shipped to Guantanamo Bay.

Combatant Status Review

Initially the Bush administration asserted they could withhold the protections of the Geneva Conventions from captives in the War on Terror, while critics argued the Conventions obligated the United States to conduct competent tribunals to determine the status of prisoners.[5] Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted Combatant Status Review Tribunals, to determine whether the captives met the new definition of an "enemy combatant".

Detainees do not have the right to a lawyer before the CSRTs or to access the evidence against them. The CSRTs are not bound by the rules of evidence that would apply in court, and the government’s evidence is presumed to be “genuine and accurate.”[6]

From July 2004 through March 2005, a CSRT was convened to make a determination whether each captive had been correctly classified as an "enemy combatant". Sadik Ahmad Turkistani was among the one-third of prisoners for whom there was no indication they chose to participate in their tribunals.[7]

In the landmark case Boumediene v. Bush, the U.S. Supreme Court found that CSRTs are not an adequate substitute for the constitutional right to challenge one's detention in court, in part because they do not have the power to order detainees released.[8] The Court also found that "there is considerable risk of error in the tribunal’s findings of fact."[9]

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal, listing the alleged facts that led to his detainment. His memo accused him of the following:

[10 ]

The detainee is associated with al Qaida and the Taliban:
  1. The detainee was deported from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan for criminal recidivist activity in 1997.
  2. The detainee was identified as a drug smuggler with possible ties to al Qaida while living in Saudi Arabia.
  3. Al Qaida is known to sponsor drug smuggling.
  4. The detainee was imprisoned by the Taliban for a period of nearly five years.

No record of Turkistani's Combatant Status Review Tribunal has been made public.

Determined not to have been an Enemy Combatant

The Washington Post reports that Turkistani was one of 38 detainees who was determined not to have been an enemy combatant during his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[11] They report that Turkistani is one of several still not released.

On May 10, 2006 Radio Free Asia quoted from an interview with Abu Bakker Qassim, one of the five Uighurs who had been transported to Albania on May 5, 2006.[12] Qassim said he left four innocent detainees behind at Camp Iguana: a Russian, an Algerian, a Libyan, and a man who had been born in Saudi Arabia to Uighur exiles.

Kiyemba v. Bush

Turkistani had a writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf.[13 ] Turkistani's habeas petition was amalgamated with Kiyemba v. Bush.

Turkistani's Garden

Turkistani is reported to have told his lawyer, Sabin Willett, that he and fellow prisoners had planted a garden with seeds saved from their rations.[14] [15] Turkistani and the other men in Camp Iguana had to cultivate their clandestine garden with plastic spoons.

Transfer to Saudi Arabia

On June 25, 2006 14 men were transferred from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia.[16 ] While some press reports described these men as 14 Saudis, others described them as 13 Saudis, and a Turkistani who had been resident in Saudi Arabia.[17]

Turkistani and other former Taliban prisoners

Turkistani was one of nine former Taliban prisoners the Associated Press pointed out had gone from Taliban custody to American custody.[18 ]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Detainee Cleared for Release Is in Limbo at Guantanamo, Washington Post, December 14, 2005
  2. ^ "Sadik Ahmad Turkistani – The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 10 January 2010.  
  3. ^ list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  4. ^ Guantanamo Prisoners, US Senate, December 21, 2005
  5. ^ "Q&A: What next for Guantanamo prisoners?". BBC News. 2002-01-21. Retrieved 2008-11-24.   mirror
  6. ^ Elsea, Jennifer K. (July 20, 2005). "Detainees at Guantanamo Bay: Report for Congress" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2007-11-10.  
  7. ^ OARDEC, Index to Transcripts of Detainee Testimony and Documents Submitted by Detainees at Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo Between July 2004 and March 2005, September 4, 2007
  8. ^ "Boumediene v. Bush". June 12, 2008. "... the procedural protections afforded to the detainees in the CSRT hearings ... fall well short of the procedures and adversarial mechanisms that would eliminate the need for habeas corpus review."  
  9. ^ "Boumediene v. Bush". June 12, 2008.  
  10. ^ OARDEC (December 10, 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Turkistani, Sadik Ahmad". United States Department of Defense. p. page 16. Retrieved 2008-08-22.  
  11. ^ Guantanamo Bay Detainees Classifed as "No Longer Enemy Combatants", Washington Post
  12. ^ Guantanamo Uyghurs Try to Settle in Albania, Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2006
  13. ^ "Respondents' response to Court's August 7, 2006 order" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. August 15, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-23.  
  14. ^ Guantanamo Bay prisoners plant seeds of hope in secret garden, Uyghur Human Rights Project, April 29, 2006
  15. ^ Guantanamo prisoners planting seeds of hope, Al Jazeera, May 1, 2006
  16. ^ Anant Raut, Jill M. Friedman (March 19, 2007). "The Saudi Repatriates Report" (PDF). Retrieved April 21, 2007.  
  17. ^ Thirteen Saudis and a Turkistani return to Saudi from Guantanamo, Middle East News, June 25, 2006
  18. ^ Paul Haven (June 30, 2007). "From Taliban jail to Gitmo – hard-luck prisoners tell of unending ordeal". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2007-07-01.  


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