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Information on Some of the Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

The following are details from transcripts of "enemy combatant" hearings involving Guantanamo detainees:

— Feroz Ali Abassi, the British detainee who submitted written complaints that military police had sex in front of him while he was trying to pray, tried repeatedly in his "enemy combatant" hearing to explain why he should be considered a prisoner of war and entitled to better treatment. But an Air Force colonel, whose identity remains blacked out, would have none of it. "Mr. Abassi your conduct is unacceptable and this is your absolute final warning. I do not care about International Law. I do not want to hear the words International Law again. We are not concerned about International Law," the colonel insisted before having Abassi removed from the hearing so that the military could consider classified evidence against him.

— Abdul Gappher, an ethnic Uighur from western China, was accused of traveling to Afghanistan to join the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Gappher denied that, saying he was in Afghanistan to "get some training to fight back against the Chinese government," and had nothing against the United States. He testified that his "people and my own family are being tortured under the Chinese government." He was captured in Pakistan, where he said police "sold us to the U.S. government."

— Mohammed Sharif, a native of Sherberghan, Afghanistan, was accused of serving as a guard at a Taliban camp. He denied being a guard, and said he had been captured by the Taliban and put to work. He said he feared punishment and retribution against his family if he fled. Sharif denied any knowledge of al-Qaida and asked the tribunal repeatedly to produce the (classified) evidence against him, so that he might respond. "What could you have possibly done, that we might discover some of those facts?" Sharif is asked. "That's my point," he responds. "There are no facts. ... this is ridiculous. I know for a fact there is no proof."

— Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hamiri, of Yemen, was accused of association with al-Qaida; of participating in military training camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from July through September 2001; and of speaking with Osama bin Laden at a safe house. He was captured by Pakistani forces with a group of Arab fighters while attempting to flee Afghanistan in December 2001. "All of those charges he said were made up in order to keep him and other Muslims at this camp," his legal representative said.

— Zahir Shah, of Afghanistan, was accused of being a member of an Islamic militant group and of having automatic weapons and a grenade launcher in his house. He admitted to having rifles for protection, but insisted he did not fight American troops.

— Mahbub Rahman, of Afghanistan, was accused of spying on American forces, shooting an Afghan soldier and two civilians, and being caught with two automatic rifles. He told the tribunal that he had only one weapon for his personal protection and that the shooting was in self-defense.

— Naibullah Darwaish, of Afghanistan, was accused of being a Taliban-appointed police chief in Afghanistan's Zabol province. Darwaish said he fought for years against the Russians, as did the governor who appointed him chief, but denies that he or the governor was associated with Taliban, Al-Qaida or Islamic terror groups.