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07MEXICO6229 MEXICO IPR: 301 UPDATE; INTERNATIONAL POSTURE; USG PROGRAMS REF: (A) SECSTATE 158938 (B) SECSTATE 107629 (C) MEXICO 4467 (D) MEXICO 6196 2007-12-19 2011-02-03 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Mexico
07TOKYO5492 2007-12-07 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo
08TRIPOLI455 LIBYA: MEETING WITH RETURNED GTMO DETAINEES UNDER USG-GOL TRANSFER FRAMEWORK MOU REF: A) STATE 14270, B) 07 TRIPOLI 1060, C) 07 STATE 163961, D) 07 TRIPOLI 723, E) 07 STATE 77783, F) 07 STATE 163961 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 the legal basis on which they are being detained in Libya. One detainee's trial has been completed and he is awaiting a verdict on the four charges he faces; the case of the second detainee is expected to go to trial in the next two to three months. End summary. 2. (S/NF) At a June 10 meeting, 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) per ref A instructions. The meeting took place at a GOL security service facility in Tripoli, and was attended by a host government security official. The last visit to the two returned detainees took place on December 25, 2007 (ref B). ISN 194 3. (S/NF) Al-Rimi (ISN 194), who was returned to Libya in December 2006, said he had been detained at an External Security Organization (ESO) detention facility between December 2006 and June 2007, when he was transferred to the Abu Salim prison, located in the Tripoli suburbs. The security official explained that the Abu Salim prison is controlled and managed by military police; it is the facility at which terrorists, extremists and other individuals deemed to be particularly dangerous to state security are detained. Al-Rimi said he remains in solitary detention in a 15 foot by 15 foot cell and has not been mistreated. He is able to walk outside regularly, and is able to speak with other prisoners during exercise periods. 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 members of his family have visited him three times since his return to Libya, most recently in March 2008. (Note: As reported ref D, their previous visits were in January and May 2007. End note.) 4. (S/NF) Asked about the condition of his arm and his teeth, about which he had previously complained (ref D), al-Rimi said both were better. He repeated his earlier claim (ref A) that he sustained the injury to his arm in 2004 or 2005 during a scuffle with U.S. soldiers who entered his cell to punish him for allegedly instigating a disturbance among several other prisoners. 5. (S/NF) Asked for his understanding of the legal basis on which he is being held and the status/schedule of any legal proceedings against him, al-Rimi said he was questioned by the ESO and Internal Security Organization (ISO) officials between his return in December 2006 and February 2008, when his case was transferred to the Prosecutor General's office. His case has subsequently been been tried and is currently with a panel of judges, who are reviewing it. His understanding is that he faces 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. Al-Rimi has court-appointed legal counsel. The Prosecutor General's Office told al-Rimi and his attorney that the court was expected to render a verdict in his case on/about June 16. A verdict had been expected on/about May 5; however, the trial was delayed. Al-Rimi does not know how long his prison sentence could be if convicted of one or more of the charges he faces; however, he claimed his attorney told him he stood a good chance of being acquitted and released. ISN 557 6. (S/NF) Hamouda (ISN 557), who was returned to Libya in August 2007, said he had been detained at an ESO detention facility for three months and was then transferred to the Abu Salim prison. He currently remains at Abu Salim, but understands he may be transferred next month to the Jdeida prison, which houses common criminals, in Ain Zaraa. He has been held in solitary detention since his return - his biggest complaint - and said he has not been mistreated. (Note: The security official 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 for extremist activities. End note.) He is not able to exercise at the Abu Salim prison, but was able to do so at the ESO facility before he was transferred. He is provided with drinking water, tea and three meals a day. He does not have TRIPOLI 00000455 002 OF 002 access to books, radio or television. He has access to medications and has been told he may be visited by a prison doctor if he is ill, but has not had need of one. 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 in January. He complained that his family had not visited since, but said he he did not know whether they had tried. (Note: He conceded that his wife had divorced him and remarried, and that relations between them were difficult; however, after the second visit, permission for further visits had to be obtained from the Prosecutor General's office, vice ISO. He speculated that the Prosecutor General's office may have been less efficient in processing visit requests. End note.) 7. (S/NF) Asked for his understanding of the legal basis on which he is being held and the status/schedule of any legal proceedings against him, Hamouda said he was questioned by ESO and ISO officials between his return in August 2007 and May 2008, when his case was transferred to the Prosecutor General's Office. 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. According to the security official, Hamouda escaped from prison and left Libya illegally in 1992 to travel to Sudan; he may/may face separate charges for escaping and leaving the country. Hamouda has no legal counsel, but said he does not want an attorney because he has committed no crimes. Claiming that if he were really a member of al-Qaeda " ~ the U.S. would have never returned me to Libya ~ ", he said his impression is that all of the charges against him are based entirely on hearsay from witnesses whose credibility is suspect. He has been told by the Prosecutor General that his trial may start in two to three months. Hamouda does not know how long his prison sentence could be if convicted for one or more of the charges he faces; however, he claimed that he had been granted a pardon by the Qadhafi Development Foundation for the original drug trafficking conviction and his subsequent escape from prison and illegal exit from Libya. 2008-06-11 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI505 NEGOTIATIONS OVER MIL-MIL MOU CONTINUE 2008-06-26 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
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
09TRIPOLI57 LIBYA REITERATES REQUEST FOR RETURN OF LIBYAN DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO BAY REF: A) TRIPOLI 47, B) STATE 6516 2009-01-26 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09MADRID98 SPAIN TAKING STEPS TO SAFEGUARD NUCLEAR MATERIAL 2009-01-29 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Madrid
09TRIPOLI76 LIBYA: MEETING WITH RETURNED GTMO DETAINEES UNDER USG-GOL TRANSFER FRAMEWORK MOU 2009-02-02 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
09ANKARA1084 TURKEY-IRAN BORDER: A TALE OF TWO CUSTOMS POSTS 2009-07-29 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Ankara
07TRIPOLI1039 LIBYA: FOLLOW-UP ON ACCESS TO RETURNED GTMO DETAINEES REF: A) STATE 165729, B) STATE 127608, C) TRIPOLI 723, D) TRIPOLI 797 CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, DCM, Embassy Tripoli, Department of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2007-12-13 2011-01-31 SECRET Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI4 LIBYA: FAMILY VISIT FOR RETURNED GTMO DETAINEE CONFIRMED 2008-01-03 2011-01-31 SECRET Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI137 LIBYA: REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO REPATRIATED GUANTANAMO 2008-02-20 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI204 ENGAGING THE ARAB MAGHREB UNION 2008-03-07 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI248 SECURITY PROCEDURES AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE AT TRIPOLI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TRIPOLI 00000248 001.2 OF 003 2008-03-21 2011-01-31 SECRET Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI225 LIBYA: INVITATION TO GLOBAL INITIATIVE'S 3RD EPG DELIVERED 2009-03-16 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI494 FM KUSA NONCHALANT ON RETURN OF LIBYAN GTMO DETAINEES 2009-06-22 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI677 CODEL MCCAIN MEETS MUAMMAR AND MUATASSIM AL-QADHAFI 2009-08-19 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI934 DEMARCHE RESPONSE: LIGHT ARMS TRANSFERS INTO GUINEA REF: STATE 117224 (SBU) 2009-11-23 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI938 LIBYA HALTS HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM FUEL TRANSFER 2009-11-25 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI1025 FINAL HEU SHIPMENT DEPARTS LIBYA REF: A) TRIPOLI 938 B) TRIPOLI 966; C) TRIPOLI 941 2009-12-21 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
10TRIPOLI8 KOREA SEEKS U.S. VIEWS ON CIVIL NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH LIBYA CLASSIFIED BY: Gene Cretz, Ambassador, U.S. Embassy Tripoli, U.S. Department of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2010-01-07 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
05PARAMARIBO725 Possible Venzuelan Meddling 2005-11-07 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paramaribo
10AMMAN219 JORDAN: PREVIEW OF AFGHANISTAN SUPPORT OFFER IN 2010-01-22 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Amman
09SAOPAULO653 Scenesetter for SR Farah Pandith's Visit to Brazil: Sao Paulo's Muslims 2009-11-20 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL Consulate Sao Paulo
04THEHAGUE3044 AFTERMATH OF VAN GOGH MURDER - MORE CT PROPOSALS 2004-11-22 2011-01-26 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy The Hague
05THEHAGUE2948 NETHERLANDS/EXTREMISM: ONE YEAR AFTER VAN GOGH, 2005-10-28 2011-01-26 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy The Hague
09THEHAGUE338 SCENESETTER FOR JUNE 16-17 GICNT VISIT TO THE HAGUE 2009-06-10 2011-01-26 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy The Hague
07JERUSALEM2318 NABLUS OPERATIONS NOVEMBER 6: PASF SURROUNDS BALATA CAMP, ARRESTS 11 SUSPECTS, BUT IDF COMPLICATES PASF EFFORTS REF: JERUSALEM 2293 2007-11-06 2011-01-26 SECRET Consulate Jerusalem
08JERUSALEM1498 POSITIVE BUT INCOMPLETE" ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN SECURITY COORDINATION MEETING IN JENIN 2008-08-14 2011-01-26 SECRET Consulate Jerusalem
10JERUSALEM286 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY SECURITY OFFICIALS ON COORDINATION WITH ISRAEL 2010-02-16 2011-01-25 SECRET//NOFORN Consulate Jerusalem
09KABUL3661 UNCONVENTIONAL SECURITY FORCES -- WHAT'S OUT THERE? 2009-11-12 2011-01-24 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Kabul
07KABUL3848 AFGHAN POLICE TRAINING: SHIFT TO FOCUSED DISTRICT 2007-11-15 2011-01-23 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kabul
07ALGIERS1806 AN AILING AND FRAGILE ALGERIAN REGIME DRIFTS INTO 2007-12-19 2011-01-22 SECRET Embassy Algiers
05THEHAGUE1556 NETHERLANDS/VENEZUELA/ANTILLES: POTENTIAL DUTCH 2005-06-03 2011-01-20 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
10KABUL628 MINISTER OF INTERIOR REVIEWS POLICE TRAINING, CN POLICING 2010-02-18 2011-01-20 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kabul
06THEHAGUE814 ONDCP DIRECTOR'S APRIL 5-6 VISIT TO THE HAGUE 2006-04-12 2011-01-19 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy The Hague
06THEHAGUE1510 NETHERLANDS: NARCOTICS CERTIFICATION UPDATE 2006-07-07 2011-01-19 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy The Hague
07THEHAGUE205 NETHERLANDS/AFGHANISTAN/JSF: LABOR PARTY VIEWS ON DEFENSE AS COALITION TALK... 2007-02-02 2011-01-18 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
05THEHAGUE2793 DUTCH ARREST SEVEN IN COUNTER-TERRORISM RAI... 2005-10-14 2011-01-18 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
06THEHAGUE2415 SIX SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR JIHAD RECRUITM... 2006-11-08 2011-01-17 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy The Hague
06THEHAGUE834 AIVD REPORT... 2006-04-18 2011-01-17 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy The Hague
07THEHAGUE655 NETHERLANDS/AFGHANISTAN/JSF: NEW DEFENSE MINISTER 2007-04-10 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
07THEHAGUE714 NETHERLANDS/JSF/AFGHANISTAN: POSITIVE ON JSF; 2007-04-17 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
09THEHAGUE264 NETHERLANDS/JSF FLYING INTO THE PERFECT STORM 2009-04-23 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
09THEHAGUE271 NETHERLANDS/JSF: COMPROMISE WINS 2009-04-24 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
09THEHAGUE568 NETHERLANDS/JSF: CONCERN ABOUT SECOND ENGINE 2009-09-21 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
10ABUDHABI103 UAE REQUEST FOR USG ASSISTANCE IN INVESTIGATION OF KILLING 2010-02-24 2011-01-15 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Abu Dhabi
06REYKJAVIK69 ICELAND TO MAKE NEW DONATION TO NTM-I 2006-03-02 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
07REYKJAVIK76 Demarche on Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism 2007-03-22 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
09ISTANBUL352 IRAN: REGIME PRESSURE REACHING SOME ISTANBUL 2009-09-15 2010-12-29 SECRET Consulate Istanbul
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