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Kako Kandahari is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 986. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts estimate that Kako was born in 1970 in Ghulayie, Afghanistan.

Combatant Status Review TribunalEdit

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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 memoEdit

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Kako Kandahari's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 9 December 2004.[4] The memo listed the following allegations against him:

A. The detainee is associated with forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States of its coalition partners.
  1. The detainee admitted that he is familiar with trails around the area of Mar Naiza, which is near Tora Bora.
  2. This is the area where Taliban and al Qaida forces were attempting to escape after the American heavy bombing began.
  3. The detainee was arrested during a joint Afghan/United States raid on his police station.
  4. Explosives were found in the police station during the raid.
  5. There was also the equivalent of two truckloads of Zikoyak and DSHK ammunition in the compound.


Kako Kandahari chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[5] The Department of Defense released a 12 page summarized transcript from his Tribunal, on March 3, 2006.

Determined not to have been an Enemy CombatantEdit

Kako Kandahari was one of 38 detainees who was determined not to have been an enemy combatant during his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[6] The Department of Defense refers to these men as No Longer Enemy Combatants.

He was released with eighteen other Afghan men on April 18, 2005.[7]

Guantanamo Medical recordsEdit

On 16 March 2007 the Department of Defense published medical records for the captives.[8]


  1. OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "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. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  3. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". United States Department of Defense. March 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. OARDEC (9 December 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Kandahari, Kako". United States Department of Defense. pp. page 7. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. OARDEC (date redacted). "Summarized Statement". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 62–73. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  6. Detainees Found to No Longer Meet the Definition of "Enemy Combatant" during Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo [1] November 19, 2007
  7. Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [2] 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. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror