| ABDEL HAMID IBN ABDUSSALEM IBN MIFTAH AL GHAZZAWI (health issues - urgent!) *please forward widely* |
|Name ||ABDEL HAMID IBN ABDUSSALEM IBN MIFTAH AL GHAZZAWI aka GHIZZAWI |
|Nationality ||Libyan |
|Residence ||Afghanistan |
|Marital Status ||Married, one child, a toddler. |
|Date of Arrest ||December 2001 (sold to U.S. Forces) |
|Location of Arrest ||Afghanistan |
|Currently Held ||Guantanamo Bay |
Abdel Al-Ghazawwi was born on November 8, 1962. He is just 45 years old, from Tripoli, Libya. He is married to an Afgani woman and has one daughter who does not remember him. He was trained as a meteorologist, but at the time of his arrest he and his wife ran a small shop in Jalalabad that sold honey and spices, and which they expanded to include a bakery.
In the fall of 2001 when U.S. Forces began bombing near his city, he took his wife and young child and fled their home and shop to go to seek safety in a rural area of Northwest Afghanistan where his in-laws lived. Not long after they arrived, around December of 2001 armed men came to his in-laws door and demanded the "Arab". Abdel A-Ghazzawi cooperated in order to avoid any harm toward his family. At that point he was sold to U.S. Forces in return for a bounty under a program that the U.S. Government commenced which provided large sums of money (bounty) for "terrorists and murderers". See photograph top.
Al-Ghazzari is neither a murderer nor a terrorist but was a victim of greed in an impoverished nation. He has been held in Guantanamo Bay since 2002.
|“He is in very poor health, which deteriorates day after day (details to be discussed with u in person). He has a family that is in desperate need of him.” - from another detainee and the only word coming out of Guantanamo about Mr. Al-Ghazawwi in his first four years. |
| Urgent: An Innocent Man is Dying [Updated] I cannot improve on what was written on this page. Please visit the page for the full story of Abdul Al-Ghazzawi. |
| Combatant Status Review Tribunal (From Wiki) |
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.
Al Ghazzawi's pro bono attorney, H. Candace Gorman, reports that Al Ghazzawi had two Combatant Status Review Tribunals.  According to Gorman, when she acquired a copy of his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, she learned:
When captives participated in their Tribunals their transcripts were normally included among the body of documents that Department of Defense was under court order to release.
According to the study entitled, No-hearing hearings, Al Ghazzawi was one of the captives who had new Tribunals convened, in his absence, when the initial Tribunals determined that they should never have been determined to have been enemy combatants". 
"On 24 November 2004, a previous Tribunal [unanimously] determined, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Detainee #654 was not properly designated as an enemy combatant.
|URGENT NOTE: Mr. Al-Ghazawwi is suffering from Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and needs proper medical treatment immediately. |
|John Lennon and Mr. Al-Ghizzawi: Two Peas in a Secret Pod ||A Legal Limbo||'Ask Me About Guantánamo' ...by H. Candace Gorman ||Suicide and Spin Doctors |
|Candace Gorman's Guantanamo Blog ||PROJECT TO ENFORCE THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS |
Please subscribe to them to keep abreast of the issue. [action]
|Andy Worthington's Guantanamo Files Blog |
|PLEASE SIGN PETITIONS AND TAKE ACTION! |
|Email me to be added, or with any questions|
|PLEASE SEND APPEALS TO contacts listed below. |
|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
Salutation: Dear Rear Admiral
|J. Alan Liotta, Principal Director, Office of Detainee Affairs |
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, 2900 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-2900, USA
Email via: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html
Salutation: Dear Director
|Member of US Congress |
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 1027 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, USA
Fax: + 1 202 226 6890