In May 2002, unknown individuals broke into the home of then 36-year-old Redha al Najar, a Tunisian citizen who was residing in Karachi, Pakistan. Mr. al-Najar was seized in front of his wife and two-year-old child, and disappeared for 18 months. It was only after receiving a handwritten message in 2004, delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), that his family learned that he was still alive and being imprisoned at Bagram. At the request of Mr. al-Najar’s brother, IJN filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on his behalf in December 2008. IJN has been litigating on behalf of Mr. al-Najar since that time, and most recently filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in August 2014.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's Executive Summary of the CIA torture report, released to the public in December 2014, confirms the allegations in the petition for writ of certiorari: Mr. al-Najar was a victim of the CIA's torture and detention program. The Executive Summary details the brutal torture and abuse that Mr. al-Najar was subjected to while in custody at CIA black sites for 700 days before he was forcibly rendered to Bagram. On the same day the Executive Summary was released, the U.S. Government closed Bagram and transferred Mr. al-Najar to Afghan custody, where he remains to this day. IJN continues to fight for his release.
Amanatullah is a Pakistani citizen who was taken into custody by British National Forces in Iraq, illegally rendered to U.S. custody in Afghanistan, and imprisoned at Bagram for nearly a decade without charge or trial. Throughout the duration of Amanatullah's detention, he repeatedly asked the U.S. government to allow him to meet or speak with his attorneys at IJN, but the U.S. government denied all such requests. IJN has been litigating on Amanatullah's behalf since 2010, and filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in August 2014.
In September 2014, Amanatullah was released from Bagram and transferred to the custody and control of the Pakistani government. He was released and reunited with his family in Pakistan soon after.
Fadi al-Maqaleh is a Yemeni citizen who was held in U.S. custody for approximately ten years. In late 2004 or early 2005, the U.S. government secretly transferred Mr. al-Maqaleh from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to Bagram. The entire time he was in U.S. custody, Mr. al-Maqaleh was held virtually incommunicado without charge or access to a court of law to challenge his detention. In September 2014, just weeks after IJN filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. al-Maqaleh, he was finally released from Bagram. The U.S. government transferred him to the custody and control of the Yemeni government, which reunited him with his family in Yemen.
Amin al-Bakri, a Yemeni gem salesman with investments in shrimp farming, disappeared while on a business trip in Thailand in 2002. It was later discovered that he had been abducted by the U.S. government, which then held him in CIA black sites known for their use of torture. Mr. al-Bakri was then forcibly rendered to Bagram, where he was imprisoned for over a decade without charge or trial. During this time, he had very little contact with his family and no direct contact with his attorneys. Within weeks of IJN filing a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on his behalf, Mr. al-Bakri was released from Bagram. The Yemeni government reunited him with his family in Yemen soon after.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's Executive Summary of the CIA torture report confirms that Mr. al-Najar was detained at CIA black sites for nearly five hundred days.
Haji Pacha Wazir
Haji Pacha Wazir was imprisoned by the U.S. government at Bagram for eight years. Though he was never charged with a crime in any court of law, the U.S. government portrayed him in the media as "Osama Bin Laden's banker". In fact, Haji Wazir ran a chain of hawalas in Afghanistan and Pakistan and had absolutely no connection to Al Qaeda.
IJN was retained by Mr. Wazir's family and filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on his behalf in 2006. After diligent diplomatic and legal efforts, Mr. Wazir was released in February 2010, before his case had been decided at the DC Circuit of Appeals. Mr. Wazir is doing well, and both he and his family remain very supportive of IJN's work in the Bagram litigation.
Jan Sher Khan
Jan Sher Khan was only fifteen years old at the time of his disappearance from his village in Pakistan. He was held virtually incommunicado, without access to his attorneys or his family for over five years. He was released from Bagram and repatriated to Pakistan in 2010.