- D.O.B.: June 24, 1978
- Place of Birth: Al Qamashil, Syria
- Nationality: Syrian
- Ethnicity: Kurdish
- ISN 489
- Place of Arrest: Afghanistan
Originally a prisoner of the Taliban (early 2000) One of the “Kandahar Five.” The U.S. Military and Rumsfeld had him identified by a number of different names. Among them are Abd Al Rahim, Abdul Rassak Janko, Abd Rahim, Abdul Rahim, Abd Al-Rahim, Abdul Razak, Abd Al-Razak.
(I don’t know how they manage to investigate people not knowing the actual names.)
The article below is very good and it will serve as the background on Abdul.
Excerpts of “Man Once Tortured By Al Qaeda Fights Enemy Combatant Status in U.S”
Abdul Rahim insists he’s an apolitical student who fled a strict father. But he’s fallen into a black hole in the war on terror in which first the Taliban and then the United States imprisoned him as an enemy of the state.
Arrested by the Taliban in Afghanistan in January 2000, Rahim says Al Qaeda leaders burned him with cigarettes, smashed his right hand, deprived him of sleep, nearly drowned him and hanged him from the ceiling until he “confessed” to spying for the United States.
U.S. forces took the young Kurd from Syria into custody in January 2002 after the Taliban fled his prison. Accusing him of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, threatened him with police dogs and kept him in stress positions for hours, he says. He’s been held ever since as an enemy combatant.
Now 28, Rahim, buttressed by testimony from friends and relatives, says he wound up in Afghanistan in a bid to escape his father, a strict teacher of Islamic education who objected to his borrowing money outside the family for a college trip. With his father holding his passport, he tried futilely to get from his home in the United Arab Emirates to Europe or Canada.
Finally a friendly diplomat got him deported to Afghanistan where he and others say he hoped to be declared a refugee and moved to Europe by international aid agencies. He says the Taliban conscripted him and sent him against his will to the Al Farouq terrorist training camp. When he tried to leave 18 days later, they imprisoned him, he says.
In spring 2000, Abu Dhabi television broadcast a video of a tearful, fidgeting Rahim saying a U.S. agent recruited him to find Osama bin Laden. “I deserve to die … but if the Taliban let me live, I want to spend the next 22 years fighting for jihad,” he said.
On Jan. 17, 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft said U.S. forces found five videotapes in the ruined Afghan home of bin Laden aide Mohammed Atef — one of the men Rahim says directed his torture. Ashcroft said the tapes show young men delivering “martyrdom messages from suicide terrorists” and identified one as “Abd Rahim.”
Rahim’s attorney Stephen Sady said any Taliban tapes of Rahim “were the product of torture” and no different from false confessions Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made to stay alive in a North Vietnamese prison.
“After two years the Americans came and saved me from the prison,” Rahim told U.S. officers. “I told them about the videotape the Taliban made of me … it created confusion to the point that the Americans believed I was working with al-Qaida.”
He added: “Nothing changed in my life. I was taken from prison to prison.”
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- AP ENTERPRISE: From Taliban jail to Gitmo – hard-luck prisoners tell of unending ordeal
- Man Once Tortured By Al Qaeda Fights Enemy Combatant Status in U. S.
Summarized transcripts (.pdf) , from Abd Al Rahim Abdul Rassak Janko’s CSRT
- Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Abd Al Rahim Abdul Rassak Janko’s Administrative Review Board hearing
(Find all legal documents there)
Write a letter/FAX to the officials below.
- Urge them to follow the rule of law in this case.
- Remind them that al Ginco was a prisoner of the Taliban, he never fought the U.S. Or Aghani citizens. He was tortured while in the Taliban prison, so much so that his right arm is damaged and he’s unable to use it properly.
- Appeal to their sense of justice, ask them to work in a timely manner with al Ginco’s attorneys, who are working very hard for al Ginco.
- Remind them that the world is watching. Our treatment of al-Ginco is going to make a difference in how the rest of the world views our human rights records.
- Ask that Guantanamo and other sites be shut down.
Robert Gates Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State U. S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N. W. Washington DC 20520
Fax: + 1 202 261 8577
Gordon England Deputy
Secretary of Defense
1010 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1010
J. Alan Liotta
Principal Director Office of Detainee Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
2900 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-2900 USA
President George W Bush The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby
Commander Joint Task Force
Guantánamo Department of Defense
Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
APO AE 09360
Fax: +1 305 437 1241
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