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Dawd Gul is a citizen of Afghanistan, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 530. American intelligence analysts estimate that Gul was born in 1980, in Zedana, Afghanistan. Dawd Gul was repatriated without charge on September 18, 2004.[2]

According to the historian Andy Worthington Dawd Gul's presence in Guantanamo was completely meaningless as he was an unwilling Taliban conscript who was forced into service. Gul worked as an assistant cook for the Taliban after they found out that he did not know how to use a Kalashnikov.[3]

Combatant Status Review Edit

Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Gul was among the 60% of prisoners who participated in the tribunal hearings.[4] A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee.

Gul's memo accused him of the following:[5]

a. Detainee is associatcd with the Taliban.
  1. The detainee indicates that he was conscripted into the Taliban.
b. Detainee engaged in hostilities against the US or its coalition partners.
  1. The detainee admits he was a cook's assistant for Taliban forces in Narim Afghanistan under the command of Haji Mullah Baki.
  2. Detainee fled from Narim to Kabul during the Northern Allianc attack and surrendered to the Northern Alliance.


TranscriptEdit

The Department of Defense published a seven page summarized transcript of the unclassified session from his Tribunal.[6]

RepatriationEdit

Dawd Gul was repatriated on 18 September 2004.[7] Ten other men were repatriated on that date. Unlike Dawd Gul none of them had a CSR Tribunal convened to confirm their "enemy combatant" status.

Medical recordsEdit

On March 16 2007 the Department of Defense published records of the detainees' height and weights.[8][9]

Seton Hall reportEdit

The allegations listed in Dawd Gul's Summary of Evidence memo were used as an example in a report published by legal scholars at Seton Hall University entitled: The 14 Myths of Guantánamo: Senate Armed Services Committee Statement of Mark P. Denbeaux.[10] Denbeaux concluded:

"It seems unlikely that the government actually believes that this kind of allegation establishes that the detainee is 'worst of the worst'."

According to Denbeaux, after reading this memo one of his students asked: "OK. We have the Assistant cook. Where is Mr. Big? Where is the cook?"[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. Dawd Gul – The Guantánamo Docket [1] The New York Times
  3. http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/the-guantanamo-files-website-extras-8-captured-in-afghanistan/
  4. 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
  5. Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Gul, Dawd [2] OARDEC date redacted
  6. Summarized Unsworn Detainee Statement [3] OARDEC date redacted
  7. Consolidate chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [4] OARDEC 2008-10-09
  8. JTF-GTMO (2007-03-16). "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba". Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/measurements/. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror
  9. JTF-GTMO (2007-03-16). "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: ISNs 495-575". Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/measurements/ISN_495-ISN_575.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror
  10. 10.0 10.1 The 14 Myths of Guantánamo: Senate Armed Services Committee Statement of Mark P. Denbeaux. Professor Mark P. Denbeaux testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee [5] Mark Denbeaux et al 2007-04-26

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