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Soufian Abar Huwari is a citizen of Algeria best known for the time he spent in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 1016. The Department of Defense reports that April 29, 1970, in Oran, Algeria.

Soufian Abar Huwari was captured in Georgia in April 2002 and was transferred to Algeria on November 10, 2008.[2]

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[edit] Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a 3 x 5 meter trailer. The captive sat with his hands and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[3][4] Three chairs were reserved for members of the press, but only 37 of the 574 Tribunals were observed.[5]

Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct a competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.

Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however, were not authorized to determine whether the captives were lawful combatants -- rather they were merely empowered to make a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously been correctly determined to match the Bush administration's definition of an enemy combatant.

[edit] Summary of Evidence memo

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[6] It contained the following allegations:

a. The detainee is a member of or ssociated with al Qaida:
  1. Detainee contacted al Qaida leader Abdul Haq, upon arrival in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2001.
  2. Detainee traveled from Istanbul Turkey to the Republic of Georgia in 2001."
  3. Detainee first met the al Qaida leader, Al Haq, in Algeria in 1992."
  4. An al Qaida leader said he knew you at a terrorist training camp in Georgia."

[edit] Testimony

Huwari chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[7]

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[edit] Repatriation

On 11 November 2008 Carol Rosenberg writing in the Miami Herald identified Soufian Huwari and Labed Ahmed as two Guantanamo captives who were repatriated to Algeria on 10 November 2008.[8] The Department of Defense had not identified the men. Rosenberg identified them from Department of Justice filings connected with their habeas corpus petitions.

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