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Naim Kochi 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 931 Joint Task Force Guantanamo estimate that he was born in 1940 in Logar, Afghanistan.

Kochi is a senior tribal leader within Afghanistan's Kuchis ethnic group.[2] He got very famous during the afghan war against soviets, emerging as a grand commander. During former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's government (1992–1996), Naim Kochi became Deputy Minister for Tribal Affairs. He also became the governor of Bamiyan province during Taliban's regime. The Edmonton Sun described him as the Kuchis' "best known leader".[3]


According to medical records published on March 15, 2007, Kuchi's "in-process date" was March 23, 2003.[4] Those records he was 69 inches tall, and his weight ranged from 175 pounds when he arrive to 185 pounds. Nine weights were recorded, his weight upon his arrival in March 2003, and a monthly weigh-in from January to August 2004.

Naim Kochi was repatriated on 18 September 2004, seven weeks after the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants began convening Combatant Status Review Tribunal, but no CSR Tribunal was convened to review his status.[5][6] Dawd Gul, one of the other nine Afghan captives repatriated that day, had had a CSR Tribunal, prior to his repatriation.

Some afghans specialists say, that the reasons Kochi had been in detention at Guantanamo, concern more with the accusations related to tribal rivalries during the arrival of NATO forces, than to any links with extremism.

McClatchy interviewEdit

On June 15, 2008 the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives. McClatchy reporters interviewed Naim Kochi.[2][7][8][9][10][11][12] He declined—twice—to be interviewed by McClatchy reporters. When reporters showed up at his house, without invitation, he told reporters that he got depressed after speaking about Guantanamo. He also told them he suffered from headaches and hypertension, arising from the conditions of his detention.

The McClatchy report states that other sources told them that Naim Kochi was a senior leader in the Ahmadzai tribe,[2] which is known as the biggest pashtun tribe. Thus, many afghans consider him as the most influential and legitimate afghan leader.

Since his repatriation Naim Kochi has worked with national peace and reconciliation office.[2]

The McClatchy report states that when Americans apprehended him on January 1, 2003 hundreds of members of his tribe came to Kabul to protest. The USA has offered no explanation for his apprehension.


  1. "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Guantanamo Inmate Database: Naim Kochi [1] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror
  3. Afghan nomads now tied to a desperate land [2] Archie McLean 2009-03-06 mirror
  4. Heights, weights, and in-processing dates [3] JTF-GTMO 2006-03-16 mirror
  5. OARDEC (April 20, 2006). "list of prisoners" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  6. Consolidate chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [4] OARDEC 2008-10-09
  7. Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 4 [5] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror
  8. U.S. hasn't apologized to or compensated ex-detainees [6] Tom Lasseter June 18, 2008 mirror
  9. Pentagon declined to answer questions about detainees [7] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror
  10. Documents undercut Pentagon's denial of routine abuse [8] Tom Lasseter June 16, 2008 mirror
  11. Deck stacked against detainees in legal proceedings [9] Tom Lasseter June 19, 2008 mirror
  12. U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases [10] Tom Lasseter June 16, 2008 mirror

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