Said Boujaadia


Said Boujaadia

Infobox WoT detainees
subject_name = Said Boujaadia



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date_of_birth = Birth date|1968|5|5
place_of_birth = Casablanca, Morocco
date_of_death =
place_of_death =
detained_at = Guantanamo
id_number = 150
group =
alias = Saïd Boujaâdia
charge = no charge, held in extrajudicial detention
penalty =
status = Repatriated May 1, 2008
occupation =
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Said Boujaadia is a citizen of Morocco 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 150.
Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts reports that he was born on May 5 1968, in Casablanca, Morocco.

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 Said Boujaadia's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 28 October 2004.cite news
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_mar05.pdf#108
title=Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- name redacted
date=28 October 2004
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 108-109
publisher=United States Department of Defense
] cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/000101-000200.pdf#49
title=Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Boujaadia, Said
date=28 October 2004
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 49-50
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-04
] The memo listed the following allegations against him:

:"'a. The detainee is a member of al Qaida::#The detainee traveled from Morocco to Kandahar, Afghanistan via Syria and Iran.:#The detainee's travel to Afghanistan occurred late July 2001.:#The detainee is associated with the al Wafa organization.:#The al Wafa organization has been identified as a terrorist organization on the U.S. State Department's Terrorist Exclusion List.:#The detainee is associated with individuals linked to the plot to attack United States warships in the straits of Gibraltar.:#The detainee has familial ties to a senior al Qaida Lieutenant.:#The detainee traveled with the wife of the chief of security for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).:#The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) has been identified as a terrorist organization on the U.S State Department's Terrorist Exclusion List.:#A foreign government source has confirmed the detainee attended training camps.:#The detainee trained at a terrorist training camp.

:"'b. The detainee participated in military operations against the United States or it's sic coalition partners::#The detainee engaged in Jihad in the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan.:#The detainee was captured while attempting to cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan without identification documents.:#The detainee was captured with one of Usama bin Ladin's sic drivers.

Testimony

The Department of Defense did not release a transcript of Boujaadia's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, implying he chose not to participate.

Administrative Review Board hearings

Detainees who were determined to have been properly classified as "enemy combatants" were scheduled to have their dossier reviewed at annual Administrative Review Board hearings. The Administrative Review Boards weren't authorized to review whether a detainee qualified for POW status, and they weren't authorized to review whether a detainee should have been classified as an "enemy combatant".

They were authorized to consider whether a detainee should continue to be detained by the United States, because they continued to pose a threat -- or whether they could safely be repatriated to the custody of their home country, or whether they could be set free.

First annual Administrative Review Board

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Said Boujaadia's first annual Administrative Review Board, on 19 August 2005.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_1_Factors_000099-000196.pdf#69
title=Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Boujaadia, Said
date=19 August 2005
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 69-72
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-04
] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.

Transcript

There is no record that Said Boujaadia participated in his first annual Board hearing.

econd annual Administrative Review Board

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Said Boujaadia's second annual Administrative Review Board, on 16 September 2006.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Factors_200-298.pdf#18
title=Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Boujaadia, Said
date=16 September 2006
author=OARDEC
pages=pages 18-21
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-04
] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.

Transcript

There is no record that Said Boujaadia participated in his first annual Board hearing.

Board recommendations

In early September 2007 the Department of Defense released two heavily redacted memos, from his Board, to Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official.cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Decision_memos_095-182.pdf#10
title=Administrative Review Board assessment and recommendation ICO ISN 150
date=January 17 2007
author=OARDEC
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-04
pages=page 10
] cite web
url=http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Decision_memos_095-182.pdf#11
title=Classified Record of Proceedings and basis of Administrative Review Board recommendation for ISN 150
date=14 September 2006
author=OARDEC
publisher=United States Department of Defense
accessdate=2007-12-04
pages=pages 11-19
] The Board's recommendation was unanimousThe Board's recommendation was redacted.England authorized his transfer on January 17 2007.

Repatriation

A Moroccan named "Saïd Boujaâdia", three Sudanese captives, and five Afghan captives were repatriated to the custody of their home countries on May 1 2008.cite news
url=http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/us_releases_9_from_guantanamo.html
title=U.S. releases nine from Guantanamo
publisher=Chicago Tribune
author=James Oliphant
date=May 2 2008
accessdate=2008-06-02
quote=A fourth detainee, Saïd Boujaâdia, was returned to Morocco, where he is reported to have been taken into custody by the judicial police in Casablanca, Amnesty International said.
] cite news
url=http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/04F88FBD-BFA5-42D9-A9C4-D8E0979C79D6.htm
title=Sami al-Hajj hits out at US captors
publisher=Al Jazeera
date=May 2 2008
accessdate=2008-05-02
quote=
] The "Chicago Tribune" reports that Saïd Boujaâdia was in the custody Moroccan judicial police in Casablanca.The identity of the five Afghan repatriates was not made public.The three Sudanese men were Sami Al Hajj, Yacoub al-Amir and Walid Ali.cite news
url=http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-02-2008/0004805365&EDATE=
title=Amnesty International Urges the Bush Administration to Release or Provide Fair Trials to All Remaining Guantanamo Detainees
publisher=AmnestyInternational
date=May 2 2008
accessdate=2008-05-02
quote=
]
Amnesty International reports that the nine repatriates were the first captives to be repatriated in 2008.

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