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Abdelaziz Kareem Salim al-Noofayee is a citizen of Saudi Arabia who was held at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba until 2009.

Abdalaziz Kareem Salim al Noofayaee was captured in Pakistan in March 2002 and transferred to Saudi Arabia on 12 June 2009.[1]

Pakistani captureEdit

In September 2001, Al Noofayee believed that Pakistani police were randomly arresting Arabs. He stayed at a guesthouse was recommended to him by the Tabligh organization. During the raid, two other individuals were also apprehended.

He was formally arrested in March 2002. He was eventually transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he was assigned detainee ID number 687.[2]

al-Noofayee was repatriated to Saudi Arabia on 12 June 2009.[3][4][5] According to Saudi security officials he was allowed to meet with his family shortly after his return to Saudi Arabia.[6] Prior to reunification, he was questioned by Saudi officials and enrolled in a Saudi jihadist rehabilitation program .

When the Department of Defense complied with US District Court Justice Jed Rakoff's court order to release the documents from the Guantanamo detainees's Combatant Status Review Tribunals al-Noofayee's name came to light.[2]

One of the reasons he was detained was that he was captured wearing a Casio F91W digital watch.[7] He told his Tribunal: "The guards here wear the same Casio watch I did. The watch I was wearing looked like the same one the guards wear here. Does that mean they're al-Qaeda members?"


Abdelaziz and two other Saudis, Khalid Saad Mohammed and Ahmed Zaid Salim Zuhair, were repatriated to Saudi Arabia on 12 June 2009.[3][4][5]

Saudi security officials have stated that the three men were allowed to meet with their families, shortly after their repatriation.[6] Security officials said the three men were then taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. The three men would go through the same Saudi jihadist rehabilitation program as other repatriated captives.


  1. ' [1] The New York Times
  2. 2.0 2.1 Details of some hearings involving Guantanamo detainees, Fox News
  3. 3.0 3.1 US 'kept Guantanamo deal from UK' [2] 12 June 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 Guantanamo returnee’s brother speaks of joy in the family [3] Abdul Aziz Al-Rubaiee 16 June 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 Three Saudis Moved From Guantanamo [4] 13 June 2009
  6. 6.0 6.1 Saudi Arabia in Talks to Secure Return of Final 10 Guantanamo Detainees [5] Abeed al Suhaimy 14 June 2009
  7. Incoherencies, Eponymies: Proofs of Accusations Often Skimpy [6] Ariane Chemin, Yves Eudes 13 March 2006

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