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08STATE93558 S) SHIPMENT OF CHINESE ORIGIN GOODS DESTINED FOR IRAN 2008-09-02 2011-02-02 SECRET Secretary of State
08STATE98975 URGING COALITION ALLIES TO APPROACH BEIJING ON CHINESE PROLIFERATION 2008-09-16 2011-02-02 SECRET Secretary of State
08TRIPOLI685 LIBYA: MEETING WITH RETURNED GTMO DETAINEES UNDER USG-GOL TRANSFER FRAMEWORK MOU REF: A) NARDI-GODFREY/POMPER EMAIL 08/22/2008, B) WILLIAMS-STEVENS EMAIL 08/ 23/2008, C) TRIPOLI 455, D) GODFREY-NARDI/POMPER EMAIL 08/22/2008, E) 07 TR IPOLI 723 CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, CDA, U.S. Embassy - Tripoli, Dept of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (c), (d) 1. (S/NF) Summary: Post visited two returned Guantanamo detainees to confirm their welfare and whereabouts and clarify the status of any pending legal action against them. One detainee's trial has reportedly been completed and he understands he has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. The trial of the second detainee has begun and several hearings have been held; the next is scheduled for September 3. End summary. 2. (S/NF) Per refs A and B, P/E Chief interviewed separately returned Guantanamo detainees Muhammad Abdallah Mansur al-Rimi (AKA Abdul Salam Abdul Omar Sufrani, ISN 194) and Ben Qumu Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamouda (ISN 557) on September 1. The meeting took place at a GOL security service facility in Tripoli. A host government security official facilitated the meeting; however, no host government officials participated in the meetings with the two returned detainees. The last visit to the two returned detainees took place on June 10, 2008 (ref C). ISN 194 3. (S/NF) Al-Rimi (ISN 194), who was returned to Libya in December 2006, said he remains in detention at the Abu Salim prison, located in the Tripoli suburbs. (Note: Al-Rimi had been detained at an External Security Organization (ESO) detention facility between his return to Libya in December 2006 and June 2007, when he was transferred to Abu Salim. End note.) Al-Rimi said he continues to be held alone in his cell, but he is able to exercise at least once a week for about an hour at a time. He indicated he is able to leave his cell and interact with other prisoners. He is provided with drinking water, tea and three meals a day. He does not have access to books, radio or television. He has access to medications and has been visited by a prison doctor on the occasions when he has been ill. Al-Rimi stated that he had received one family visit - his sisters came to see him in July - since our last meeting with him on June 10. (Note: Our understanding is that members of his family have visited him on four occasions since his return to Libya - January 2007, May 2007 (ref D), March 2008 and July 2008. End note.) Al-Rimi said he would like to receive more family visits, if possible. 4. (S/NF) Asked about the condition of his arm and his teeth, about which he had previously complained (ref E), al-Rimi said both were fine. He noted that he needed dental care for another tooth, which had developed problems after his return to Libya. A dentist recently visited him at Abu Salim prison and told al-Rimi the tooth (a back tooth on the upper row in which al-Rimi has recently experienced pain) should be extracted. Al-Rimi said he instead requested that it be "cleaned and repaired", but the dentist said the tooth was not salvageable. According to al-Rimi, the dentist is to visit him again soon to discuss how to proceed. 5. (S/NF) In our previous meeting on June 10, al-Rimi said he understood his case was being deliberated at that time by a panel of judges, who were to render a verdict and issue a sentence on/about June 16. Al-Rimi said he was not present when his verdict and sentence were issued, but heard from other prisoners who were present in the courtroom on June 16 in connection with their own cases that he was found guilty of some charges (NFI) and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. (Note: Per ref C, al-Rimi's understanding was that he faced four charges: 1) membership in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group; 2) membership in al-Qaeda; 3) forging a passport and travel documents and using them to exit the country, and; 4) failing to secure permission to exit the country when he left to fight in Afghanistan. It is not clear which of those he was convicted of. End note.) Al-Rimi has received no information from Libyan officials about his trial, verdict or sentence. He met with his court-appointed legal counsel on one occasion about two months before his reported conviction and sentencing on June 16, and has not heard from him since. ISN 557 6. (S/NF) Hamouda (ISN 557), who was returned to Libya in August 2007, said he remains in detention at the Abu Salim prison, located in the Tripoli suburbs. (Note: He was detained at an ESO detention facility for about three months after his return and was then transferred to the Abu Salim prison. End note.) He remains in solitary detention, his biggest complaint. He is able to speak through the walls with prisoners in adjacent cells, but is not able to leave his cell and interact with other prisoners and is not able to exercise. Hamouda wants to be able TRIPOLI 00000685 002 OF 002 to leave his cell. (Note: During our previous meeting on June 10, the security official who facilitated the meeting explained that detention protocols for extremists and terrorists mandate that they be held in solitary detention to preclude the possibility that they could recruit other members of the prison population. End note.) Hamouda complained about the lack of sunlight and fresh air. He is provided with drinking water, tea and three meals a day. He does not have access to books, radio or television. He requested that he be provided with pens, paper and books. Hamouda said he not received a family visit since our last meeting with him on June 10, but conceded that he was unsure whether they had tried to do so. (Note: Our understanding is that Hamouda has had two visits by members of his family since his return: his wife and children visited in late December, and his wife and brother-in-law saw him in January. End note.) 7. (S/NF) Hamouda has access to medications and was visited by a prison doctor in March/April, who responded to his complaints of depression and anxiety by prescribing him anti-depressant medication that left him "groggy and tired". He also received a prescription at that time from the Libyan doctor for an indeterminate condition for which he said he had been treated at Guantanamo Bay. He complained that the medication prescribed by the Libyan doctor for the condition was ineffective and asked for Laproxin, which was prescribed for him at Guantanamo Bay and had been effective; however, he has been told that Laproxin is not available in Libya. (Note: Per ref C, Hamouda said on June 10 that he may be seen by a prison doctor if he is ill, but that he had not needed to so since his return. He had no answer when he was asked to explain the contradictory accounts. End note.) 8. (S/NF) Hamouda said his trial had begun and that there had been three hearings to date, which he attended, at a court facility in the Abu Salim prison. His next hearing is scheduled for September 3; it is unclear whether the court will render a verdict at that hearing. He has court-appointed legal counsel, but has not met his lawyer outside of courtroom hearings. His understanding is that he faces three charges: 1) membership in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group; 2) membership in al-Qaeda, and; 3) that he performed illicit work for a private company in Sudan and Afghanistan. He also faces charges related to a drug trafficking offense for which he was convicted and imprisoned in the early 1990's. He complained that the charges against him are based entirely on hearsay from witnesses whose credibility is suspect, and maintained that he was innocent. 9. (S/NF) Facilitation of access to the detainees under the revised rubric detailed in ref D was quick and straightforward. Post submitted a diplomatic note on August 24 formally requesting access to the detainees and, despite the beginning of Ramadan and Libya's national day celebrations in the intervening period, access was granted on September 1 (i.e., within a week of the request). 10. (S/NF) Despite several requests for information about the legal basis on which the two returned detainees are being held and the status/schedule of any legal proceedings against them, Post has received no response from the GOL to date. The only information we have is from the two detainees. We pressed the GOL to provide information about the detainees' legal status and the state of play in the legal proceedings against them, stressing that we needed to receive such information directly from the GOL. To date, however, we have not received the requested information from the GOL. STEVENS 2008-09-02 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI686 LIBYA FURTHER PRIVATIZES FUEL DISTRIBUTION 2008-09-02 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI688 QADHAFI, BERLUSCONI SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENT 2008-09-03 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI741 MINISTER OF ECONOMY POSITIVE ON BILATERAL ENGAGEMENT, CONCERNED ABOUT DOMESTIC REFORM PLANS TRIPOLI 00000741 001.2 OF 002 CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, Charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy Tripoli. REASON: 1.4 (d) 1. (C) Summary: During a September 16 meeting, Dr. Ali al-Issawy, the Secretary of the General People's Committee for the Economy, Trade and Industry (equivalent of minister of economy and trade) told the CDA that he looked forward to the visit of Assistant Secretary of Commerce Israel Hernandez in October, and to finalizing the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. Commenting on GOL plans to distribute oil revenues directly to the public and to privatize Libya's public sector, al-Issawy expressed concern about the impact on prices and the Libyan work ethic. Al-Issawy said he was interested in pairing U.S. and Libyan universities, and requested U.S. experts visit Libya to advise on the mortgage market. End summary. WELCOMING A/S HERNANDEZ 2. (SBU) Minister al-Issawy said he looked forward to the planned visit of Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Israel Hernandez in October. CDA, introducing the Embassy's new FCS officer, said the visit was intended to highlight the growing commercial relationship between the two countries, and to open the Embassy's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office. TIFA: WAITING FOR THE END OF RAMADAN 3. (SBU) Al-Issawy said he looked forward to finalizing the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). He suggested that his staff work directly with Embassy staff (in coordination with USTR) to finalize the agreement. He preferred to wait until after Ramadan to meet and go over any remaining points in the text. (Note: Embassy had previously sent the latest USTR-cleared draft to the ministry's lead negotiator, Mr. Dia Hammouda and his team). PLANS IN PROGRESS ON OIL WEALTH DISTRIBUTION 4. (C) Referring to Muammar al-Qadhafi's recent national day speech, the CDA asked about plans to distribute Libya's oil revenue directly to the public. The Minister expressed concern about inflation, noting they could not simply hand out cash. It would be preferable to distribute a combination of cash, securities and shares. He said the final decision on a framework for the distribution was not yet finished. Once the plan was finished, he believed it would be presented to the General People's Congress for final approval. "LIBYA HAS A CULTURE OF RENT, NOT WORK" 5. (C) Minister al-Issawy commented that some Libyans were already dreaming about using the money they will eventually receive to live in Tunisia or Malta (two favorite nearby holiday destinations). He added some students are already wondering about the utility of studying because they think they won't need to find jobs once the wealth distribution program starts. He attributed these attitudes to what he called Libya's "culture of rent" as opposed to a "culture of work." 6. (C) On the other hand, the Minister noted a wealth distribution plan could smooth the way for greater liberalization of the economy, especially in terms of lifting price controls and doing away with subsidies. His thinking was that if people have more disposable income, they will be able to afford unsubsidized goods. When asked when the program would start, he said teams were working "day and night" to finalize the wealth distribution program and the related privatization plans. MOVING AHEAD ON PRIVATIZATION AND LOOKING FOR U.S. PARTNERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION 7. (SBU) Minister al-Issawy said plans for privatizing key sectors of the economy, including health, education, utilities, and transportation were almost finished. The CDA said he had heard concerns from Libyans that they would be negatively affected by privatizing health and education, in particular. The Minister agreed these were the sectors that worried people the most. 8. (SBU) On higher education, in particular, the Minister said they were interested in joint ventures with U.S. universities, such as MIT. The CDA told him the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had raised a similar idea. He noted there were many models in the region for such collaboration, including in Dubai, Qatar, and Morocco. The CDA said the Embassy would provide him with more information on these partnerships. .AND ALSO LOOKING TO LEARN FROM THE U.S. MORTGAGE CRISIS TRIPOLI 00000741 002.2 OF 002 9. (SBU) The Minister also asked if the Embassy could provide an expert to speak about the mortgage situation in the U.S. since Libya plans to privatize the housing sector and make loans more broadly available to potential home-owners. He mentioned Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The CDA said he would look into potential U.S. experts to engage with the GOL. STEVENS 2008-09-19 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08LAPAZ2037 BOLIVIA: REQUEST USG VISITORS POSTPONE TRAVEL 2008-09-19 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy La Paz
08TRIPOLI745 GERMAN OIL FIRM RWE MAKES TWO MORE DISCOVERIES IN LIBYA 2008-09-22 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
08MOSCOW2671 2008-09-05 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08CAIRO2043 EGYPT NAMES PROBABLE COEPSU PARTICIPANTS FOR 2008-09-16 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Cairo
08SAOPAULO468 BLUE LANTERN POST-SHIPMENT CHECK ON LICENSE 050073566 2008-09-04 2011-01-21 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Consulate Sao Paulo
08STATE99666 CRITICAL EQUIPMENT NEEDS FOR IRAN,S NEW IR-2 CENTRIFUGE DESIGN 2008-09-17 2011-01-20 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Secretary of State
08THEHAGUE782 TREASURY U/S LEVEY CALLS DUTCH OFFICIALS' 2008-09-22 2011-01-19 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy The Hague
08REYKJAVIK195 ICELAND: PEACEKEEPING TAKES ON A MORE CIVILIAN LOOK AFTER 2008-09-09 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Reykjavik
08REYKJAVIK198 ICELAND SUPPORTS MOVING ISAF COUNTER-NARC DISCUSSION TO 2008-09-12 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Reykjavik
08REYKJAVIK199 Iceland's Bid for the UN Security Council 2008-09-12 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Reykjavik
08REYKJAVIK203 ICELANDIC KRONA DROPS TO NEW LOW, INCREASING CALLS TO 2008-09-18 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Reykjavik
08REYKJAVIK213 ICELAND: GOVT BUYS 75 PERCENT SHARE IN THIRD-LARGEST BANK 2008-09-30 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
08PARIS1698 FRANCE'S CHANGING AFRICA POLICY: PART III 2008-09-09 2011-01-09 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris
08MOSCOW2816 GAZPROM OFFICIAL DESCRIBES THE COMPANY AS A SOCIALIST RENT-SEEKING MONOPOLIST 2008-09-19 2011-01-05 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08BRASILIA1215 Brazilian Concerns over Bolivian Gas Disruptions 2008-09-11 2010-12-30 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08BRASILIA1224 Bolivian Gas in Brazil: Stable But Waiting For The Shoe To Drop 2008-09-12 2010-12-30 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08BRASILIA1226 WHAT TO DO ABOUT BOLIVIA? BRAZIL'S PRESIDENCY, FOREIGN MINISTRY WONDER 2008-09-12 2010-12-30 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08BRASILIA1253 2008-09-19 2010-12-30 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08BRASILIA1266 BRAZIL FOREIGN MINISTRY ON BOLIVIA SITUATION 2008-09-22 2010-12-30 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08BEIJING3385 PARTY ENJOYS BOOST THANKS TO OLYMPICS, BUT SOME 2008-09-02 2010-12-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Beijing
08BEIJING3662 Beijing Welcomes Coordination in Financial 2008-09-23 2010-12-26 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Beijing
08STATE93970 LIFELINES FOR IPCC WORKING GROUP ELECTION 2008-09-02 2010-12-21 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
08MADRID1003 MADRID WEEKLY ECONOMIC UPDATE, SEPT. 15-19 2008-09-22 2010-12-18 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Madrid
08KHARTOUM1354 CHINA COUNSELS SUDANESE ENGAGEMENT, U.S. RESTRAINT 2008-09-04 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Khartoum
08STATE100219 Secretary Rice's 09/16/2008 Meeting with 2008-09-19 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
08BARCELONA86 GENERALITAT TO OPEN OFFICIAL "DELEGATION" IN NEW YORK CITY 2008-09-10 2010-12-16 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Consulate Barcelona
08BAKU919 AZERBAIJAN INCOME TAKES A HIT AS NO SHORT-TERM FIX 2008-09-26 2010-12-15 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baku
08RANGOON749 BURMESE CIVILIAN OFFERS TO SELL PURPORTED URANIUM 2008-09-23 2010-12-12 SECRET Embassy Rangoon
08MADRID1008 REPSOL CONFIRMS NO PLANS WITH IRAN AND INDICATES 2008-09-22 2010-12-12 SECRET Embassy Madrid
08MADRID996 DEMARCHE RESPONSE: SPAIN UNLIKELY TO GO AFTER 2008-09-17 2010-12-10 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Madrid
08STATE103511 NOTIFICATION OF AFFECTED STATES: HIJACKING OF BELIZE-FLAGGED 2008-09-27 2010-12-09 SECRET Secretary of State
08LAGOS368 NIGERIA: SHELL CLAIMS PRODUCTION UNAFFECTED BY 2008-09-19 2010-12-08 SECRET//NOFORN Consulate Lagos
08PARIS1703 ELYSEE READOUT OF SARKOZY'S SEPTEMBER 3-4 VISIT TO 2008-09-09 2010-12-07 SECRET Embassy Paris
08BAGHDAD2812 KARBALA: IRAN EXERTS HEAVY INFLUENCE THROUGH 2008-09-02 2010-12-05 SECRET Embassy Baghdad
08OSLO522 NORWAY FIGHTER PURCHASE: HIGH-LEVEL ADVOCACY NEEDED NOW 2008-09-22 2010-12-03 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Oslo
08MOSCOW2615 AFTER THE WAR WITH GEORGIA: RUSSIA'S ECONOMIC 2008-09-02 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08MOSCOW2632 XXXXXXXXXXX 2008-09-03 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08MOSCOW2700 MOSCOW TOLERANCE MUSEUM TO OPEN IN 2011 2008-09-09 2010-12-01 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Moscow
08MOSCOW2701 NEW SARKOZY-MEDVEDEV AGREEMENT: QUESTIONS REMAIN 2008-09-09 2010-12-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Moscow
08MOSCOW2837 RABBIS SHAYEVICH AND GOLDSCHMIDT CAUTIOUSLY 2008-09-22 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
08OTTAWA1258 THE U.S. IN THE CANADIAN FEDERAL ELECTION -- NOT! 2008-09-22 2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ottawa
08SHANGHAI422 SHANGHAI SCHOLARS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER DELAY IN SIX-PARTY 2008-09-26 2010-11-29 SECRET//NOFORN Consulate Shanghai
08ANKARA1643 TURKEY: CHARITY FUND SCANDAL PROMPTS PM ERDOGAN 2008-09-15 2010-11-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ankara
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