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The Full List of Guantánamo Prisoners Facing Periodic Review Boards

A collage of the faces of Guantánamo prisoners, most revealed for the first time when WikiLeaks released previously classified military files in April 2011.

By Andy Worthington
First published November 30, 2015 and regularly updated

This is the first comprehensive annotated list of all the Guantánamo prisoners eligible to take part in Periodic Review Boards, a process established in 2013 to review the cases of 71 men -- 46 designated for ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force that President Obama established shortly after taking office in 2009 (which issued its final report in January 2010), and 25 others recommended for prosecution by the task force, until the basis for prosecuting them -- generally, charges of providing material support for terrorism -- were struck down by the appeals court in Washington D.C. in two particular rulings in October 2012 and January 2013.

The task force's recommendations that 46 men should continue to be held without charge or trial were contentious, of course, because the decisions were made on the basis that the men in question were "too dangerous to release," but insufficient evidence existed to put them on trial. What that meant in reality was that the task force had accepted information obtained through torture or other forms of abuse, or multiple layers of hearsay, all of which is profoundly unreliable.

When President Obama accepted the recommendations and issued an executive order in March 2011 approving the men's ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial, he only avoided damning criticism from NGOs and lawyers by promising periodic reviews for the men, who were later dubbed "forever prisoners" by the media.

Although President Obama's executive order promised that all initial reviews would take place "no later than 1 year from the date of this order," the first PRB -- featuring representatives of the Departments of State, Defense, Justice and Homeland Security, as well as the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- did not take place until November 20, 2013. Since that delayed start, however, all the prisoners' cases have finally been reviewed, as of September 8, 2016. Of the 64 men reviewed, 33 have been recommended for release, 23 have been recommended for ongoing imprisonment, and another eight cases have not yet been decided.

This is positive news for the prisoners involved, representing a 59% success rate, although there is a caveat -- 13 of those approved for release are still awaiting release, including one man, a Yemeni, approved for release back in May 2014.

Of the 71 men originally listed as being eligible for PRBs, seven have been removed from consideration. Five Afghans -- mostly Taliban leaders, and all described by the task force as "too dangerous to release" -- were freed in a prisoner swap for US PoW Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014 -- Abdul Haq Wasiq (ISN 004), Mullah Norullah Noori (ISN 006), Mullah Mohammed Fazl (ISN 007), Khairullah Said Wali Khairkhwa (ISN 579) and Mohammad Nabi Omari (ISN 832), and two others -- both initially recommended for prosecution -- were included in developments in the military commissions: Ahmed al-Darbi (ISN 768), a Saudi who accepted a plea deal in February 2014, and Nashwan Abd al-Razzaq Abd al-Baqi (aka Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi) (ISN 10026), who was put forward for a trial in June 2013. The removal of these seven from consideration left 64 men eligible for PRBs -- 41 regarded as "too dangerous to release," and 23 initially recommended for prosecution.

Below, the 64 men who have had PRBs (including those who are awaiting decisions) are listed, in the first full PRB list to be made available anywhere -- since the original PRB list was made available through FOIA legislation in February 2014. This was then cross-referenced with the Guantánamo Review Task Force's "Final Deliberations," which were made public in June 2013. Also included are links to all our articles about their cases.

Also see the PRB website for links to the reviews that have already taken place, and those scheduled to take place. There are a number of relevant pages -- initial reviews, full reviews, which reassess those cases in which the prisoners were approved for ongoing imprisonment, and, like the initial reviews, allow the prisoners to speak to the board by video link, and file reviews, which are purely administrative, and which, as the authorities state, "will be conducted for any detainee whom the PRB has determined that continued detention is necessary every six months in between full reviews, and will focus on any new information or changed circumstances that the PRB should consider."

We are relieved that further reviews will take place for the prisoners approved for ongoing imprisonment, and we will cover these reviews as they take place.

Approved for release

  1. Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid (ISN 031, Yemen), reviewed on November 20, 2013 and approved for release on January 7, 2014 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  2. Ali Ahmad al-Razihi (ISN 045, Yemen), reviewed on March 20, 2014 and approved for release on April 23, 2014 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in November 2015
  3. Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani (ISN 128, Yemen), reviewed on April 8, 2014 and approved for release on May 15, 2014
  4. Fouzi Khalid Abdullah AI Awda (aka Fawzi al-Odah) (ISN 232, Kuwait), reviewed on June 4, 2014 and approved for release on July 14, 2014 -- FREED in November 2014
  5. Muhammad Murdi lssa Al-Zahrani (ISN 713, Saudi Arabia), reviewed on June 19, 2014 and approved for release on October 3, 2014 -- FREED in November 2014
  6. Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Al Rahabi (ISN 037, Yemen), reviewed on November 5, 2014 (see documents here) and approved for release on December 5, 2014 (after first being reviewed on January 28, 2014 and approved for ongoing detention on March 5, 2014); a file review took place on August 26, 2014, with submissions from al-Rahabi himself, and his personal representatives and his lawyer (as well as photos of al-Rahabi's paintings), which led to a recommendation for a second full review -- FREED in Montenegro in June 2016
  7. Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah (ISN 535, Egypt), reviewed on January 22, 2015 and approved for release on February 12, 2015 -- FREED in Bosnia in January 2016
  8. Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh (ISN 235, Yemen), reviewed on January 27, 2015 and approved for release on March 5, 2015 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  9. Mashur Abdullah Muqbil Ahmed AI-Sabri (ISN 324, Yemen), reviewed on March 3, 2015 and approved for release on April 17, 2015 -- FREED in Saudi Arabia in April 2016
  10. Abdul Rahman Shalabi (ISN 042, Saudi Arabia), reviewed on April 21, 2015 and approved for release on June 15, 2015 -- FREED in September 2015
  11. Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar (aka Omar Mohammed Khalifh) (ISN 695, Libya), reviewed on June 23, 2015 and approved for release on August 20, 2015 -- FREED in Senegal in April 2016
  12. Faez Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari (aka Fayiz al-Kandari) (ISN 552, Kuwait), reviewed on July 27, 2015 and approved for release on September 8, 2015 (after first being reviewed on June 12, 2014 and approved for ongoing detention on July 14, 2014); a file review took place on April 14, 2015, which led to a recommendation for a second full review -- FREED in January 2016
  13. Mohammed Abd AI Rahman AI Shumrani (ISN 195, Saudi Arabia), reviewed on August 4, 2015 and approved for release on September 11, 2015 (after first being reviewed on May 5, 2014 and approved for ongoing detention on October 3, 2014); a file review took place on March 10, 2015, which led to a recommendation for a second file review -- FREED in January 2016
  14. Mohammed Kamin (ISN 1045, Afghanistan), reviewed on August 18, 2015 and approved for release on September 28, 2015 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  15. Abdul Rahman Ahmed (aka Mansoor al-Zahari) (ISN 441, Yemen), reviewed on September 29, 2015 and approved for release on October 28, 2015 -- FREED in Serbia in July 2016
  16. Zahar Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun (ISN 576, Yemen), reviewed on December 8, 2015 and approved for release on January 12, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  17. Mustafa Abd al-Qawi Abd al-Aziz al-Shamiri (ISN 434, Yemen), reviewed on December 1, 2015 and approved for release on January 12, 2016
  18. Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed (ISN 041, Yemen), reviewed on January 19, 2016 and approved for release on February 18, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  19. Ahmid Al Razak (aka Haji Hamidullah) (ISN 1119, Afghanistan), reviewed on January 12, 2016 and approved for release on February 11, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  20. Ayub Murshid Ali Salih (ISN 836, Yemen), reviewed on February 16, 2016 and approved for release on March 23, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  21. Salem Ahmad Hadi Bin Kanad (ISN 131, Yemen), reviewed on April 5, 2016 and approved for release on May 5, 2016 (after first being reviewed on April 21, 2014 and approved for ongoing detention on May 21, 2014); a file review took place on October 16, 2014, with a submission from his personal representatives, which resulted in a recommendation for ongoing imprisonment on January 23, 2015, a second file review took place on May 22, 2015, which resulted in another recommendation for ongoing imprisonment, on July 9, 2015, and a third took place on December 15, 2015. The board particularly encouraged him "to fully participate in any future reviews."
  22. Obaidullah (ISN 762, Afghanistan), reviewed on April 19, 2016 and approved for release on May 19, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  23. Bashir Nasir Ali Al-Marwalah (ISN 837, Yemen), reviewed on April 28, 2016 and approved for release on May 31, 2016 -- FREED in the United Arab Emirates in August 2016
  24. Karim Bostan (ISN 975, Afghanistan), reviewed on May 3, 2016 and approved for release on June 2, 2016; also see As Judges Kill Off Habeas Corpus for the Guantánamo Prisoners, Will the Supreme Court Act?
  25. Muhammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim (ISN 044, Yemen), reviewed on May 17, 2016 and approved for release on July 6, 2016
  26. Shawqi Awad Balzuhair (ISN 838, Yemen), reviewed on May 31, 2016 and approved for release on July 11, 2016; also see the recommendation for release in the case of Ayub Salih, captured at the same time
  27. Abdul Latif Nasir (ISN 244, Morocco), reviewed on June 7, 2016 and approved for release on July 11, 2016
  28. Abdul Sahir (aka Abdul Zahir) (ISN 753, Afghanistan), reviewed on June 9, 2016 and approved for release on July 11, 2016
  29. Mohamedou Ould Slahi (ISN 760, Mauritania), reviewed on June 2, 2016 and approved for release on July 14, 2016; also see A Tale of Two Guantánamos: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's World of Torture vs. the Senate's Terrorist Fantasies
  30. Ravil Mingazov (ISN 702, Russia); reviewed on June 21, 2016 and approved for release on July 21, 2016; also see The Black Hole of Guantánamo: The Sad Story of Ravil Mingazov and Russian Guantánamo detainee poses fresh diplomatic dilemma for UK
  31. Musab Omar Ali al-Mudwani (aka Musa’ab al-Madhwani) (ISN 839, Yemen), reviewed on June 28, 2016 and approved for release on July 28, 2016; also see 'Model Prisoner' at Guantánamo, Tortured in the 'Dark Prison,' Loses Habeas Corpus Petition, and the recommendation for release in the case of Ayub Salih, captured at the same time
  32. Hail Aziz Ahmed al-Maythali (ISN 840, Yemen), reviewed on June 30, 2016 and approved for release on August 1, 2016; also see the recommendation for release in the case of Ayub Salih, captured at the same time
  33. Sufyian Barhoumi (ISN 694, Algeria), reviewed on May 26, 2016 and approved for release on August 9, 2016; also see Meet the Guantánamo Prisoner Who Wants to be Prosecuted Rather than Rot in Legal Limbo

Approved for ongoing detention

  1. Khalid Ahmed Qasim (ISN 242, Yemen), reviewed on February 4, 2015 and approved for ongoing detention on March 6, 2015; a file review took place on September 1, 2015, with a submission from Qasim himself and his personal representatives, but the board recommended his continued imprisonment on October 21, 2015; a file review took place on April 12, 2016, at which it was stated, "After reviewing relevant new information related to the detainee as well as information considered during the prior reviews, the Board, by consensus, determined that no significant question is raised as to whether the detainee's continued detention is warranted"; another file review is scheduled for October 18, 2016
  2. Moath Hamza Ahmed Al-Alwi (aka Muaz al-Alawi) (ISN 028, Yemen), reviewed on September 22, 2015 and approved for ongoing detention on October 26, 2015; a file review took place on April 14, 2016, at which it was stated, "After reviewing relevant new information related to the detainee as well as information considered during the 22 September 2015 review, it was determined that a full hearing is warranted"; that review is scheduled for October 18, 2016
  3. Yassim Qasim Mohammed Ismail Qasim (ISN 522, Yemen), reviewed on February 2, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on March 3, 2016; a file review took place on August 31, 2016, but the outcome has not yet been announced; also see An Insignificant Yemeni at Guantánamo Loses His Habeas Petition and More Judicial Interference on Guantánamo
  4. Mohammed al-Ansi (ISN 029, Yemen), reviewed on February 23, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on March 23, 2016; a file review was scheduled for September 13, 2016, but no details of it have yet been made available
  5. Suhayl Abdul Anam Al Sharabi (aka Zohair al-Shorabi) (ISN 569, Yemen), reviewed on March 1, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on March 31, 2016; a file review was scheduled for September 20, 2016, but no details of it have yet been made available
  6. Saifullah Paracha (ISN 1094, Pakistan), reviewed on March 8, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on April 7, 2016; a file review is scheduled for September 27, 2016
  7. Sharqawi Abdu Ali Al Hajj (ISN 1457, Yemen), reviewed on March 15, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on April 14, 2016; a file review is scheduled for October 4, 2016; also see Judge Rules Yemeni’s Detention at Guantánamo Based Solely on Torture
  8. Salman Yahya Hassan Mohammad Rabei'i (ISN 508, Yemen), reviewed on July 14, 2015 and approved for ongoing detention on May 19, 2016; a file review took place on September 1, 2016, at which it was stated, "After reviewing relevant new information related to the detainee as well as information considered during the full review, the Board, by consensus, determined that a significant question is raised as to whether the detainee's continued detention is warranted and therefore an additional full review should be conducted," for which a date has not yet been set
  9. Uthman Abd al-Rahim Muhammad Uthman (ISN 027, Yemen), reviewed on April 26, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on May 26, 2016; also see Judge Rules Yemeni’s Detention at Guantánamo Based Solely on Torture and Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantánamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives
  10. Sanad Ali Yislam Al Kazimi (ISN 1453, Yemen), reviewed on May 5, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on June 9, 2016; also see An unreported story from Guantánamo: the tale of Sanad al-Kazimi and Judge Rules Yemeni’s Detention at Guantánamo Based Solely on Torture
  11. Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu (ISN 10025, Kenya), reviewed on May 10, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on June 9, 2016; also see Kenya's Forgotten Guantánamo Detainee
  12. Abd al-Salam al-Hilah (ISN 1463, Yemen), reviewed on May 12, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on June 22, 2016
  13. Said bin Brahim bin Umran Bakush (aka Saeed Bakhouche, Abdelrazak Ali) (ISN 685, Algeria), reviewed on May 24, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on July 6, 2016; also see The Mirror of Guantánamo, Linda Greenhouse's Dec. 2013 article in the New York Times
  14. Haroon al-Afghani (ISN 3148, Afghanistan); reviewed on June 14, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on July 14, 2016
  15. Mohamed Mani Ahmad al Kahtani (aka Mohammed al-Qahtani) (ISN 063, Saudi Arabia); reviewed on June 16, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on July 18, 2016; also see here for details of his torture in Guantánamo
  16. Abdullah Al Sharbi (aka Ghassan Al Sharbi) (ISN 682, Saudi Arabia); reviewed on June 23, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on July 25, 2016
  17. Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahmah (aka Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani) (ISN 1460, Pakistan), reviewed on July 7, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on August 8, 2016
  18. Ismael Ali Faraj Ali Bakush (ISN 708, Libya), reviewed on July 14, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on August 15, 2016
  19. Omar Mohammed Ali al-Rammah (ISN 1017, Yemen), reviewed on July 21, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on August 22, 2016
  20. Mohd Farik bin Amin (ISN 10021, Malaysia), reviewed on August 9, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on September 15, 2016
  21. Mohammed Bashir bin Lap (ISN 10022, Malaysia), reviewed on August 11, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on September 15, 2016
  22. Mustafa Faraj Muhammed Masud al-Jadid al-Usaybi (aka Abu Faraj al-Libi) (ISN 10017, Libya), reviewed on August 16, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on September 16, 2016
  23. Muhammad Rahim (ISN 10029, Afghanistan), reviewed on August 4, 2016 and approved for ongoing detention on September 19, 2016; also see Mohammed Rahim Al-Afghani, Guantánamo Bay Prisoner, Sends Quirky Letters and ‘Detained but ready to mingle’: Gitmo’s lonely heart on Tinder and Trump

Not decided yet

  1. Said Salih Said Nashir (ISN 841, Yemen), reviewed on April 21, 2016; also see the recommendation for release in the case of Ayub Salih, captured at the same time
  2. Jabran Al Qahtani (ISN 696, Saudi Arabia), reviewed on May 19, 2016
  3. Guleed Hassan Ahmed (ISN 10023, Somalia), reviewed on August 2, 2016
  4. Encep Nurjaman (aka Hambali, aka Riduan Isamuddin) (ISN 10019, Indonesia), reviewed on August 18, 2016; also see Did torture really help U.S. find al Qaeda chief Hambali?
  5. Zayn al-Ibidin Muhammed Husayn (aka Abu Zubaydah) (ISN 10016, Palestine/Saudi Arabia), reviewed on August 23, 2016; "high-value detainee," tortured in CIA black sites
  6. Haji Wali Muhammed (ISN 560, Afghanistan), reviewed on August 25, 2016
  7. Mohammed Ghulam Rabbani (aka Ahmed Rabbani, Ahmad Rabbani) (ISN 1461, Pakistan), reviewed on September 1, 2016; also see 90-Pound Guantánamo Hunger Striker Appeals in Court for Assistance from Pakistani Government
  8. Hassan Bin Attash (ISN 1456, Saudi Arabia), reviewed on September 8, 2016