Majeed Abdullah Al Joudi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 25. American counter-terror analysts estimate he was born in 1967, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- His name was transliterated as Majid Abdallah Al Judi on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 17 August 2004 and on the
- His name was transliterated as Majeed Abdullah on the habeas corpus documents released in a dossier of Combatant Status Review Tribunal documents on July 25, 2005, and on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his second annual Administrative Review Board, on 7 November 2006.
- His name was transliterated as Majeed Abdullah Al Joudi on the official lists of names released by the US Department of Defense.
- His name was transliterated as Abdullah Majeed Al-Jodi on the press releases from Saudi officials, when he was repatriated on February 21, 2007.
- His name was transliterated as Majid al-Joudi and Majid Abdulla al-Joudi on documents released by the US Department of Justice.
- His name was transliterated as Majid Abdulla Al Joudi on the official list of captives whose habeas corpus petitions should be dismissed following their transfer from US custody.
- His name was transliterated as Majid Abdullah Lahiq al Joudi on a "fact sheet" that listed former captives suspected of confirmed of re-engagement in terrorism.
Combatant Status Review Tribunal
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.
Summary of Evidence memo
- a. Detainee is a member of the Taliban and al-Qaida.
- The detainee admits traveling from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan in 2001 for the purpose of work for Al-Wafa.
- Al-Wafa is an organization listed in Executive Order 13224, and it has been closely associated with al-Qaida and the Taliban.
- Detainee was captured by U.S. forces in a hospital along with several al-Qaida members.
- Detaiene was captured with al-Qaida surveillance evasion reports and after-action reports.
Detainee election form
The detainee election form was dated August 19, 2004. On it his Personal Representative checked the box that recorded that the captive "Affirmatively Declines to Participate in Tribunal." The Personal Representative Comments section recorded:
"Polite and does not want a PR. Stated that evidence saying he had documents at capture are false."
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
There is no record that captive 25 chose to participate in his first annual Administrative Review Board.
Second annual Administrative Review Board
Captive 25 attended his second annual Board hearing.
- Captive 25 acknowledged being encouraged to go to Afghanistan to do humanitarian work.
- Captive 25 acknowledged that his travel expenses were paid by the person who encouraged him.
- Captive 25 denied being aware that Al-Wafa was suspected of ties to terrorism, and if he had known this, he would not have agreed to go.
- Captive 25 said that the only actions he performed were visiting villages to distribute food.
- Captive 25 said he never stayed in any al Qaida houses.
- Captive 25 said he was captured in a hospital run by al Qaida because he was struck by a car, and bystanders had assumed he was a foreign fighter, so had taken him to the hospital for foreign fighters.
- Captive 25 denied that the incriminating documents that were alleged to have been associated with him were connected with him. He suggested that they might have belonged to some patient who had died.
- Captive 25 said he didn't think it was his place to take sides in Afghanistan's politics.
- Captive 25 said he was one of the Guantanamo captives who never supported Osama bin Laden, who he described as "doing [things that] do not represent the Muslim people.
In early September 2007 the Department of Defense released two heavily redacted memos, from his Board, to Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official. The Board's recommendation was unanimous. The Board's recommendation was redacted. England chose to transfer captive 25 to Saudi custody. on February 14, 2007.
2005 Hunger strike
In 2005 there were two widespread hunger strikes at Guantanamo. Al Joudi's lawyer, Julia Tarver, filed requests with US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler, over her concern over their medical condition, and the brutality of the force feeding that Al Joudi and her other clients were receiving.
- Tarver reported that the force feedings resulted in: "...vomiting up substantial amounts of blood."
- Tarver reported that medical personnel were participating in interrogation sessions that used proscribed interrogation techniques.
- Tarver said two of her clients had to be carried to her meetings with them on stretchers.
Kessler ordered the DoD to inform Tarver, within 24 hours, whenever they used force-feeding on her clients. She ordered them to file weekly medical reports with Tarver, for the duration of the hunger strike.
Al Joudi was repatriated on February 21, 2007, along with six other Saudis. The seven men were detained, without charge, in Hayer Prison, while Saudi justice officials determined whether they had violated any Saudi laws.
Pentagon claim he had "returned to the fight"
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On May 20, 2009, the New York Times, citing an unreleased Pentagon document, reported that Department of Defense officials claimed Majeed Abdullah al Joudi was one of 74 former Guantanatmo captives who "are engaged in terrorism or militant activity." On May 27, 2009, the Defense Intelligence Agency published a "fact sheet" that listed Al Joudi as an individual they had confirmed had "re-engaged in terrorism". The DIA listed him as having engaged in "terrorist facilitation".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 OARDEC (2006-05-15). "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 2007-09-29.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 OARDEC (17 August 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Judi, Majid Abdallah". United States Department of Defense. pp. page 22. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/000001-000100.pdf#22. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 OARDEC (17 November 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Judi, Majid Abdallah". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 14-15. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_1_Factors_000001-000098.pdf#14. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ "Majeed Abdullah v. George W. Bush". United States Department of Defense. July 25, 2005. pp. pages 1-20. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/publicly_filed_CSRT_records_92-190.pdf#1. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 OARDEC (7 November 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abdullah, Majeed". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 23-25. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Factors_1-99.pdf#23. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Seven Saudi Guantanamo detainees return to the Kingdom". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington DC. February 21, 2007. http://saudiembassy.net/2007News/News/RelDetail.asp?cIndex=6922. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "Saudi terror suspects go home". United Press International. February 22, 2007. http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20070222-093416-6203r. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Attorneys for Gitmo Detainees on Hunger Strike Win Court Order to Receive Medical Records". Center for Constitutional Rights. http://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/attorneys-gitmo-detainees-hunger-strike-win-court-order-receive-medical-reco. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
- ↑ "Exhibit B: List Of Enemy Combatant Detainees With Pending Habeas Corpus Petitions Who Have Been Released From United States Custody" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. April 17, 2007. http://www.pegc.us/archive/In_re_Gitmo/gov_mot_to_dismiss_20070419.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-05. mirror
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Fact sheet: Former Guantanamo detainee terrorism trends". Defense Intelligence Agency. 2009-04-07. Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.miamiherald.com%2Fsmedia%2F2009%2F05%2F27%2F20%2Frecidivists.source.prod_affiliate.56.pdf&date=2009-05-29.
- ↑ "Detainee election form". United States Department of Defense. August 19, 2004. pp. page 9. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/publicly_filed_CSRT_records_92-190.pdf#9. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ OARDEC (November 2006). "Summary of Administrative Review Board Proceedings of ISN 25" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. page2 13-23. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Transcript_2000-2099.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ OARDEC (December 30, 2006). "Administrative Review Board assessment and recommendation ICO ISN 25". United States Department of Defense. pp. page 1. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Decision_memos_001-094.pdf#1. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ OARDEC (17 November 2006). "Classified Record of Proceedings and basis of Administrative Review Board recommendation for ISN 25". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 2-8. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Decision_memos_001-094.pdf#2. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
- ↑ P.K. Abdul Ghafour (February 24, 2007). "Families Meet With Gitmo Returnees". Arab News. http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=92646&d=24&m=2&y=2007&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- ↑ Elizabeth Bumiller (2009-05-20). "Later Terror Link Cited for 1 in 7 Freed Detainees". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2009%2F05%2F21%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2F21gitmo.html%3Fref%3Damericas&date=2009-05-21.
- ↑ "Recidivism". New York Times. 2009-05-20. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fprojects.nytimes.com%2Fguantanamo%2Fdetainees%2Frecidivism&date=2009-05-21.