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Abdul Rahman Shalabi
Born (1975-12-04)December 4, 1975
Place of birth Medina, Saudi Arabia

Abdul Rahman Shalabi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia currently held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] As of August 2, 2011, Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been held at Guantanamo for nine years seven months.[2]

Abdul Rahman Shalabi v. George W. Bush[edit | edit source]

A writ of habeas corpus, Abdul Rahman Shalabi v. George W. Bush, was submitted on Abdul Rahman Shalabi's behalf.[3] In response, on 19 May 2005, the Department of Defense released eighteen pages of unclassified documents related to his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.

On July 18, 2008 Julia Tarver Mason filed a motion to renew Abdul Rahman Shalabi's habeas corpus petition.[4] The petition states that five other Saudi citizens who had been part of the original 2005 petition had been repatriated to Saudi Arabia. Their names were listed as: Saleh Al-Oshan, Zaben Al Shammari, Abdullah Al Otaibi, Fahd Nasser Mohamed and Musa Al Wahab.

The petition stated that the files the Department of Defense provided to his attorney's were incomplete:[4]

The factual return provided in May 2005, however, is incomplete and missing important substantive information about Shalabi and the evidence against him. Nor has the factual return been supplemented to include the record of further proceedings such as Administrative Review Board records. The complete classified and unredacted factual returns and the classified records of the Administrative Review Board will be necessary in pursuing the case.

The petition states that Shalabi was the subject of a 30-day notice.[4] The Department of Defense has transferred some captives who had habeas corpus petitions filed on their behalf to the custody of regimes where their lawyers felt their safety would be at risk. In response attorneys filed motions that the Department of Defense should advise them of plans to transfer captives' custody.

Hunger strike[edit | edit source]

In May 2008 the Gulf News reported that Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Ahmad Zaid Salem Zuhair are the two remaining captives who have been on the hunger strike that started in August 2005.[5]

On September 26, 2009 Shalabi drafted a letter describing medical problems being made worse through medical decisions being countermanded by a new "officer in charge".[6][7] On November 3, 2009 the Associated Press reported that a recent affidavit from David Wright the chief doctor at Guantanamo, stated Shalabi's weight had dropped to 49 kilograms (108 lb).[8] Julie Mason Tarver, one of his attorneys, claimed he was just a few pounds away from organ failure. Wright confirmed Shalabi's weight was recorded at 61 kilograms (134 lb) in May 2009. According to the Associated Press 29 other captives were participating in the hunger strike in late October 2009. An affidavit from Sondra Crosby, a Professor at Boston University's School of Medicine who examined Shalabi at the request of his attorneys, stated: "It is uncontested that Mr. Shalabi needs to be fed more calories, otherwise he will die." She said his weight loss could be due to other causes like hyperthyroidism, cancer or infection.

Shalabi's letter describes his force-feeding leaving him in great pain.[6][7] He describes the most recent officier in charge countermanding the decision to provide screens for the lights that shine in his eyes, and leave him with excruciating headaches.

References[edit | edit source]

  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. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930184034/http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. "Abdul Rahman Shalabi - The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times. http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/42-abdul-rahman-shalabi. 
  3. "Abdul Rahman Shalabi v. George W. Bush". United States Department of Defense. 19 May 2005. pp. pages 40–57. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080507051036/http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/publicly_filed_CSRT_records_370-443.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 137 -- Status Report". United States Department of Justice. 2008-07-18. http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2008mc00442/131990/137/0.pdf. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  5. "Saudi vows to stay on hunger strike at Guantanamo". Gulf News. 2008-05-23. http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/05/24/10215620.html. Retrieved 2008-10-02.  mirror
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jay Carmella (2009-11-09). "Guantanamo detainee: conditions have declined under Obama administration". The Jurist. http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2009/11/guantanamo-detainee-conditions-have.php. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Abdul Rahman Shalabi (2009-09-26). "Abdul Rahman Shalabi v. Obama". United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2009-11-10. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fjurist.law.pitt.edu%2Fpdf%2F291-5.pdf&date=2009-11-10. 
  8. Ben Fox (2009-11-03). "Guantanamo hunger striker losing weight". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fhostednews%2Fap%2Farticle%2FALeqM5hh-pnd4U-q0DoBt-xwjwuVCwzaSQD9BO975G6&date=2009-11-05. 

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