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. His son has not had direct contact with his father since he was two years old. At the request of Mr. al-Najar’s brother, IJN filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on his behalf in December of 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 on August 11, 2014.
Amanatullah was taken into custody by British National Forces in Iraq, and illegally rendered to U.S. custody in Afghanistan. Amanatullah has repeatedly asked the U.S. government to allow him to meet or speak with his attorneys, Tina M. Foster and Erin Valentine of the International Justice Network. The U.S. government continues to deny all such requests.
Fadi al-Maqaleh is a Yemeni citizen who was held in U.S. custody for approximately ten years. Mr. al-Maqaleh was secretly transferred by the U.S. government from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to Bagram in late 2004 or early 2005. 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. The U.S. military finally transferred Mr. al-Maqaleh to the custody and control of the Yemeni government on August 25, 2014, which released him to his family in Yemen three days later.
Amin al-Bakri, a Yemeni gem salesman with investments in shrimp farming, disappeared while on a business trip in Thailand in 2002. It was discovered that he had been abducted by the U.S. government, which held him in CIA black sites known for their use of torture. He was then forcibly transferred to Bagram, where he had very little contact with his family and no direct contact with his attorneys. He was released from Bagram along with fellow Yemeni national Fadi al-Maqaleh on August 25, 2014, and reunited with his family in Yemen three days later.
Haji Pacha Wazir
Haji Pacha Wazir (now approximately 61 years old) had been imprisoned by the US government at Bagram for eight years. Though he was never charged with a crime in any court of law, the US government labeled him in the media as"Osama Bin Laden's banker". In fact, he ran a chain of hawalas in Afghanistan and Pakistan and had absolutely no connection to Al Qaeda.
IJN was retained by his family and filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on his behalf in 2006. After diligent diplomatic and legal efforts, Haji Wazir was released in February 2010, before his case had been decided at the DC Circuit of Appeals. Haji 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, and without seeing his family for over five years--until his eventual repatriation to Pakistan from Bagram in 2010.