Sada Jan is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 1035. The Department of Defense reports he was born in Konar, Afghanistan. Guantanamo intelligence analysts provided the date of birth, or an estimated year of birth for all but 20 of the first 759 acknowledged captives. Sada Jan is one of the 20 whose age has not been made public.

Saida Jan was transferred to Afghanistan on October 11, 2006.[2]

Combatant Status Review Edit

Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for his tribunal. The memo listed the following allegations against him:[3]

a. The detainee is associated with the Taliban:
  1. The Detainee served as the governor of the Narang district while the Taliban was in power.
  2. During a raid conducted on his residence 2 May 2003, the Detainee was apprehended in possession of assorted Taliban paraphernalia; items for making improvised explosives, and information about military posts.
  3. The Detainee gained experience with weapons during the Russian jihad.
b. The Detainee participated in military operations against the coalition.
  1. A witness observed the detainee discussing rocket attacks on coalition forces, as well as transporting missiles.
  2. The Detainee fired rockets at coalition forces.
  3. The Detainee provided weapons to the Taliban.


Sada Jan chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[4] The Department of Defense released a 13 page summarized transcript on March 3, 2006.

Administrative Review Board hearingEdit

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.

Sada Jan chose to participate in his Administrative Review Board hearing.[5]

The following primary factors favor continued detention

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee was a sub-commander during the Russian jihad.
  2. The detainee was a former Taliban Governor for the Village of Narang.
  3. The detainee was involved in the mob takeover of the Konar Province Governor's Office.
  4. The detainee attended a meeting to appoint senior government positions in Konar Province. The detainee stated all appointed personnel were affiliated with the Hizb-I-Islami Gulbuddin terrorist organization.
  5. The detainee was a bodyguard for Haji Jan Dad Khan, the Governor of Konar Province.
  6. The detainee was Pashat District Manager. His office managed security for the District of Pashat. The transfer of weapons occurred with the Detainee's office. The security forces within his office had weapons including machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and small radios.
  7. The detainee was referred to as commander in a letter addressed to him, requesting a receipt for a transfer of weapons from his office to another.
  8. The detainee was involved in transporting missiles and had knowledge of attacks on the Asadabad Mission Support Site.
  9. The detainee was responsible for rocket attacks on the Asadabad Mission Support Site.
  10. The detainee reportedly took rockets into the house of a Taliban Commander.
  11. At the time of the detainee's capture, numerous documents were found in his house that implicated him as being Taliban. Other items found in the detainee's house included document making items, items for making improvised explosives, Arabic instructional materials, Taliban cards and documents, Taliban hand stamps and affiliated documents and a report with information about military posts.
  12. The detainee had a Jamiat-e-Dawa al Quran Wasounab/Islamic Emirate passport for security officers with his name on it. He also had multiple blank copies of passports.
  13. At the time of the detainee's capture, two documents were found in the detainee's house listing the detainee as a camp commander.
  14. At the time of the detainee's capture, signed promotion orders were found in the detainee's house that promoted him to the rank of Colonel.
  15. At the time of the detainee's capture, a letter was found in the detainee's house stating the detainee had 28 people with weapons that he wanted to send to Jan Dad Khan.
  16. At the time of the detainee's capture, a list of 36 names was found in the detainee's house stating the detainee was their commander. The list had the detainee's personal seal at the bottom.
  17. The detainee signed a document stating he had 120 former Khalis individuals plus weapons.
  18. The detainee stated that he had a shoulder-fired rocket and several other weapons in his house along with loaded magazines for each weapon. The detainee stated that he hid the rocket in the foothills near his house.
  19. The detainee was a member of Jamiat-e-Dawa al Quran Wasounah and had several related pamphlets and books.
  20. The detainee knows details of the chain of command for a branch of Hizb-I-Islami Gulbuddin terrorist organization.
  21. The detainee knows complicated details about opium and lumber smuggling operations from the Konar Province, Afghanistan to Pakistan.
b. Training
The detainee knows how to fire an AK-47 and a shoulder-fired rocket. The detainee fired these types of weapons during the Russian jihad.
c. Connections/Associations
The detainee was given his job of Pashat District Manager because of his close relationship with his former commander.

The following primary factors release or transfer

a. The detainee served as a lieutenant in the Northern Alliance military when Rabbanni was President.
b. The detainee stated that he hates the Taliban and was loyal to the current Karzai government.
c. If released, the detainee wants to return to his job with the government.
d. The detainee stated he used to work for the Afghani government and he approves of the American involvement in Afghanistan.
e. The detainee stated he knows the Americans are helping Afghanistan.
f. The detainee stated he is pleased with American involvement in Afghanistan.
g. The detainee considers the Taliban to be oppressors who have contributed to a poor situation in Afghanistan.
h. The detainee stated Usama bin Laden is not from Afghanistan and he does not believe what he says.

Board recommendationsEdit

In early September 2007 the Department of Defense released two heavily redacted memos, from his Board, to Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official.[6][7]


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