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Said Abasin is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 671. American intelligence analysts estimate he was born in 1982, in Khan o Khel [sic], Afghanistan.

Release Edit

Said Abasin was one of eighteen Guantanamo captives repatriated to Afghanistan on March 22, 2003.[2][3][4] All eighteen men were released by Afghan authorities four days later.

Abasin was the owner of a jitney taxi, captured when he was driving two passengers from Kabul to Khost.[3] According to Xinhua Abasin was issued a "certificate of innocence" by the Afghanistan Ministry of the Interior. Xinhua quoted Abasin:

  • "It was a nightmare for me, I lost everything, my car, my work and my status in the society."
  • "I have no relations with the Taliban, I even hate them, I don't know for what reason I was kept in prison for so long time,"

According to the Washington Post Abasin's father was "an airline official", who lobbied for his son's release.[2] According to the New York Times, Abasin's father is Said Roshan, the director of management administration at the Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines.[5]

The New York Times said Abasin was captured near Gardez, the capital of the Province of Paktia.[5] The article quoted Taj Mohammed Wardak Taj Mohammad Wardak, who was then Governor of Paktia, that Abasin's arrest was a mistake.

References Edit

  1. "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 2006-05-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Returning Afghans Talk of Guantanamo: Out of Legal Limbo, Some Tell of Mistreatment [1] Marc Kaufman, April Witt 2003-03-26 mirror
  3. 3.0 3.1 Innocent Afghan wants US compensation for Guantanamo detention [2] March 26, 2003 mirror
  4. Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [3] OARDEC 2008-10-09
  5. 5.0 5.1 U.S. Returns 18 Guantánamo Detainees to Afghanistan [4] Carlotta Gall March 24, 2003[dead link]