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Three Kazakhs Released From Guantanamo Prison
The Associated Press
Published: December 26, 2006 (Issue # 1233)

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Three Kazakhs released from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay have returned home, an official said Thursday.
The three men were among 18 Guantanamo detainees repatriated by the U.S. military over the weekend to Afghanistan, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Libya and Bangladesh, the Pentagon said.
The three Kazakhs arrived in their homeland Saturday and were met by relatives who took them home, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said.
Omarov said the three would not face investigation and charges "because their release means that they had been cleared of all suspicions of having terror links.” He gave no further details.
Omarov said the Kazakh government was working on the release of the fourth and last Kazakh citizen who has been held at Guantanamo after being captured in Afghanistan during the U.S.-led anti-terror operations there.
About 50 percent of Kazakhstan’s population are Muslims. Unlike its Central Asian neighbors, which are poorer and have predominantly Muslim populations, Kazakhstan has been little affected by a rise of radical Islam in the region since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
Three other ex-Soviet Central Asian countries, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, border Afghanistan.
The region’s most radical Islamic group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, was linked to al-Qaida and had training camps in Afghanistan. The IMU is believed to have been broken as an organized force during U.S.-led coalition bombings of Afghanistan in 2001.
Among 759 people who have been held over the years at Guantanamo, there also were 12 Tajiks and seven Uzbeks, according to U.S. Defense Department documents.

Kazakhstani detainees at Guantanamo Bay
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The United States Department of Defense acknowledges holding four Kazakh detainees in Guantanamo.[1] A total of 778 detainees have been held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba since the camps opened on January 11, 2002 The camp population peaked in 2004 at approximately 660. Only nineteen new detainees, all "high value detainees" have been transferred there since the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush. As of January 2008 the camp population stand at approximately 285.Contents [hide] 
1 Release negotiations
2 Kazakh detainees in Guantanamo
3 Ambassador Ordway's 22 May 2007 press briefing
4 October 2008 repatriation
5 References
Release negotiations
Kazakhstan's First Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Abuseitov confirmed, on January 16, 2003, that Kazakh security officials had interviewed two Kazakhstan citizens in Guantanamo.[2] He described the two detainees as "young", and stated that Kazakhstan had appealed to the USA for their release.
On November 2003 the Central Asia Caucasus Institute Analyst reported that Kazakh Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev Kazakhstan had been negotiated with the USA for the release of its citizens.[3] The Minister stated:
"...the situation is complicated by the admissions of some of the prisoners that they took part in military operations with the Taliban in Afghanistan."

Kazakh detainees in Guantanamo

 isn name notes
 84Ilkham Turdbyavich BatayevAllegedly kidnapped and forced to prepare food for Taliban soldiers.
Repatriated on 18 December 2006.
 521Abdulrahim KerimbakiyevAccused of being related to a terrorist suspect.
Accused of living in government housing in Afghanistan.
His statement to the Board is missing from his transcript.
Released December 21, 2006.
 526Yakub AbahanovCaptured with two friends from his home town.
Allegedly served as a cook for the Taliban.
Allegedly a member of a Uyghur mafia.
Allegedly a member of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
 528Abdallah Tohtasinovich MagrupovCaptured with two friends from his home town.
Allegedly stayed at various madrassas during his travels around Pakistan.
Accused of being present in Afghanistan when the American aerial bombardment of Afghanistan began.

Ambassador Ordway's 22 May 2007 press briefing
American ambassador John M. Ordway addressed the Kazakhstani detainees in Guantanamo during a May 22, 2007 press briefing at the Kazakhstani Press Club.[12] Ordway confirmed that one detainee the USA considered a citizen of Kazakhstan remained in Guantanamo. He stated that it was against US policy to compensate former detainees. He asserted detainees were not detained any longer than necessary for US national security.
What can you tell us about the fourth Kazakhstani still detained at the Guantanamo facility. Will the United State pay compensation if it turns out he violated no laws and was detained without cause?
Ambassador Ordway:
With regard to the issue of compensation, we do not pay compensation for any of the enemy combatants who were in the Guantanamo facility.
With regard to the Kazakhstani citizen who is still there, as was the case before, I can’t provide any details other than to say that we have been and will continue to be in discussion with the government of Kazakhstan about any possible release or return of their citizens.
There are many of these people, the reason they are released is because we do not have any particular charges. They were enemy combatants who were found in Afghanistan in circumstances that they were fighting with or participating with forces that were fighting U.S. forces and therefore were captured as enemy combatants. There was then a process to determine whether they represented any future threat. If not, as was the case with the three who were released, they are then released.
We also had a very extensive process to determine when there was no longer any reason to hold those people because they represented no further threat. That is exactly what happened with the three who were released and returned to Kazakhstan. They were no further threat.

On 31 October 2008 the Department of Defense announced two detainees were repatriated to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.[13] The DoD withheld the two men's names.

Abdallah Tohtasinovich Magrupov
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abdullah Tohtasinovich Magrupov is a citizen of Kazakhstan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 528. The Department of Defense reports he was born in Semey, Kazakhstan, on May 14, 1983.
Abdullah Tohtasinovich Magrupov was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 and transferred to Kazakhstan on December 15, 2006.[2]Contents [hide] 

1 Combatant Status Review Tribunal
1.1 Summary of Evidence memo
1.2 Transcript
1.3 Administrative Review Board
1.4 Summary of Evidence memo
1.5 Board recommendations
2 Release
3 References
4 External links
Combatant Status Review Tribunal
Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a trailer the size of a large RV. The captive sat on a plastic garden chair, 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 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.
Summary of Evidence memo
A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Abdullah Tohtasinovich Magrupov's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 22 December 2004.[6] The memo listed the following allegations against him:a. The detainee is associated with the Taliban or al Qaida. 
The detainee traveled from Semey, Kazakhstan, to Islamabad, Pakistan, in August 2001.
The detainee stayed at various madrassas during his travels around Pakistan.
The detainee admitted that he stayed at a house in Kabul, Afghanistan, that was owned by the Taliban.
The detainee stayed with two individuals in Kabul, Afghanistan, who worked as cooks for the Taliban.
The detainee, as well as those he was arrested with, had a cover story regarding their recruitment at a mosque in Kazakhstan.
The detainee was in Afghanistan when the United States bombing campaign began.
The detainee was captured by the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (UIFSA) and turned over to U.S. custody in December 2001.
Magrupov chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[7] On March 3, 2006, in response to a court order from Jed Rakoff the Department of Defense published a five page summarized transcript from his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[8]
Administrative Review Board
Detainees whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal labeled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to assess the threat a detainee may pose if released or transferred, and whether there are other factors that warrant his continued detention.[9]
Summary of Evidence memo

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Abdullah Tohtasinovich Magrupov's Administrative Review Board, on 14 September 2005.[10] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.

The following primary factors favor continued detentiona. Commitment
While attending the central mosque in Almaty the detainee met an individual named Nidzhan who suggested he should attend a madrassa in Pakistan. When the detainee decided to go to Pakistan, Nidzhan helped him with the arrangements.
The detainee stated that in August 2001, he left Almaty for Bishkek and from Bishkek he flew to Islamabad, Pakistan to study.
The detainee tried to enroll at the Faisal Mesjitt Islamic School but was told the classes were full.
After spending some time in Islamabad at a madrassa, the detainee traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and then back to Islamabad. He stayed at various madrassas in Pakistan.
Many madrassas are popping up all over Pakistan and becoming training grounds for extremists. The detainee belongs to the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Party/Movement (ETIP/ETIM).
The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a small Islamic extremist group, is one of the most militant of the ethnic Uighur [sic] separatist groups pursuing an independent "Eastern Turkistan".
The U.S. has acknowledged that some Uighurs have been found fighting with al Qaida in Afghanistan.
b. Connections/Associations
The detainee clarified that he lived in Kazil Shariq village, Kazakh region, Imbekchi, Altma Province, and admitted that Farkat Yuspov lived there and he knew him.
The detainee said he did not know if Yuspov was affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).
Reporting indicates Yuspove was a senior member of the IMU who was responsible for recruiting and arranging travel for the detainee into Afghanistan.
c. Other Relevant Data
The detainee was told to give fake information in case people in Afghanistan planned to threaten their families in Kazakhstan to ensure cooperation.
The detainee claimed his sole tie with the Taliban was having stayed in a house in Kabul owned by the Taliban.
The following primary factors favor release or transfera. The detainee denied any involvement with the Taliban or al Qaida. He also denied that he was somehow recruited as part of the jihad.
b. The detainee stated that while in Afghanistan, he did not partake in any military activities, and he never committed any crime.
Board recommendations
In early September 2007 the Department of Defense released two heavily redacted memos, from his Board, to Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official.[11][12] The Board's recommendation was unanimous The Board's recommendation was redacted. England authorized his transfer on 17 December 2005.
Although his Assisting Military Officer reported to his Board on the pre-hearing interview with 528, and on the notes compiled from that meeting on the Enemy Combatant election form, during the unclassified session of the hearing, the Department of Defense has not released a transcript of the unclassified session.[12]
Unredacted passages from his memos stated:"(U) The EC was captured in connection with the conduct of combat or terrorist operations against the United States and its allies."[12]
"(U) Individual affiliations. The EC is known to have affiliations with individuals who themselves plan, or are members of organizations that plan, to carry out acts of terrorism or violence against the United States and its allies.[12]
The Associated Press reports that three of the four Kazakh detainees in Guantanamo were repatriated and set free.[13] According to the Herald Magrupov, Ihlkham Battayev and Yakub Abahanov were the three released men.[citation needed]

Abdullah Magrupov (ISN 528, Kazakhstan) Released December 2006
Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first time, the stories of 776 of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Adding information released by WikiLeaks in April 2011 to the existing documentation about the prisoners, much of which was already covered in Andy’s book The Guantánamo Files and in the archive of articles on his website, the project will be completed in time for the 10th anniversary of the prison’s opening on January 11, 2012.

This is Part 27 of the 70-part series. 337 stories have now been told.
In Chapter 10 of The Guantánamo Files, I explained how Magrupov, who was 18 years old at the time of his capture, was one of three Kazakhs from the same village, who were were captured in Kabul in December 2001 — Yakub Abahanov (ISN 526, see above), and Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev (ISN 521, released in November 2008). According to the US authorities, he was held because, although there was no evidence that he had done anything, he was captured in a Taliban house with two individuals who "worked as cooks for the Taliban.” In his tribunal, he explained that he had only been at the house for five days, after studying at a madrassa in Karachi, when he and the others were captured by a Northern Alliance commander, who held them in "some kind of huge container” and "a place like a barn,” before transferring them to US custody.
In the documents released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, the file relating to Magrupov was an "Update Recommendation [for] Transfer to the Control of Another Country for Continued Detention (TRCD),” dated June 17, 2005, in which he was identified as Abdullah Makrubov and Shukrat Tokhtasunovich Arupov, born in May 1983, and it was noted that he was "in good health.”
In telling his story, the Task Force noted that, after leaving school, he "worked as a farmer in an orchard,” and then, in August 2001, traveled to Pakistan, where he attended madrassas in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore for several months. With Yakub Abahanov and Abahanov’s two brothers, he then traveled to Kabul "to visit a state that practiced Islamic law.” However, within a week of their arrival, he said, the US bombing of Kabul began, and "[s]everal unidentified people came to the house and offered to help them.” Magrupov said that they "packed all of their belongings into a truck and fled,” but that he and his friends "were taken in a separate vehicle” to "an unknown location and kept in a basement for approximately 10 days.”
He added that, on December 10, 2001, "Afghan Military Forces commander Tufal [assessed to be Commander Zalmai Topan] "captured them in Kabul” and took them "to a container with 2 other Arabs (one of them named Abdullah),” where they were held for eight days until Tufal [Topan] turned them over to US forces on 2 February 2002.” He was sent to Guantánamo on June 19, 2002, on the spurious basis that it was to "provide information on the following: Recruitment practices in Semey, Kazakhstan, Madrassas he visited in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan [and] Traveling companions (current detainees at JTF GTMO).”
In assessing Magrupov’s story, which was very different from the one told by Abahanov, the Task Force noted that he was "assessed to be a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU),” even though he had just turned 18 when he arrived in Afghanistan, and claimed that Commander Topan had captured the three Kazakhs "and five other suspected Al-Qaida members,” the inference being that they had been seized together, although this does not appear to have been the case. The other five were a Saudi, a Kuwaiti, and three Pakistanis. According to the Task Force, the Saudi was a 28-year old named Mohammad Abdullah, who "offered his captors USD $1,000,000 for his freedom and transport to Pakistan,” and told them "he could arrange for the money [to be sent] via a contact in Riyadh,” the Kuwaiti was a 27-year old named Abdullah Ali Abu-Salem, and the three Pakistanis were Patshah Douai Khan, a 30 year old, Mohammad Anwar and Israr al-Haq. To the best of my knowledge, only the last two ended up in Guantánamo — Mohammed Anwar (ISN 524) was released in September 2004, and Israr al-Haq (ISN 515, also identified as Israr Ul-Haq) was released in March 2004.
It was also claimed, as it had not been in Abahanov’s file, that the three Kazakhs were "part of an Islamic Jihadist Group terrorist cell originating from Kazakhstan,” and that "when the group split, one half stayed in Kazakhstan to continue their terrorist activities,” while "the other half” — allegedly Magrupov and his companions — "traveled to Afghanistan, joined the IMU and trained to be terrorists.” It is not known whether there was any truth to this claim or, indeed, whether there was any truth to a claim that Abahanov had stated that Magrupov was the nephew of Furkat Yusupov, a member of the IMU who reportedly recruited the three Kazakhs, and who was arrested in Uzbekistan in March 2004, apparently in possession of ten home-made bombs, and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
In conclusion, the Task Force assessed Magrupov as being "of medium intelligence value,” and of posing "a medium risk, as he may pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.” It was also noted that his "overall behaviour pattern ha[d] been compliant and non-hostile in nature,” and that he had "a relatively low amount of reports with the majority being leading prayer or physical training and martial arts.” As a result, Maj. Gen. Hood, updating a recommendation that he be transferred to another country for continued detention (dated August 9, 2003), recommended him — again — for transfer to continued detention in another country, noting that he was "assessed as a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which is associated to [sic] Al-Qaida Associated Movements (AQAM),” although he was not released for another 18 months.
On his return, with Ilkham Batayev (ISN 84, see Part One of this series) and Yakub Abahanov, all three men "were met by relatives who took them home, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said,” as reported by the St. Petersburg Times. Omarov "said the three would not face investigation and charges ‘because their release means that they had been cleared of all suspicions of having terror links.’” which rather undermines the accumulation of colorful claims against them in Guantánamo.

Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev (Kazakh: Абдулрахим Керімбақиев) is a citizen of Kazakhstan held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 521. The Department of Defense reports that Kerimbakiev was born on January 4, 1983 in Semei, Kazakhstan.
Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev was repatriated around 4 November 2008.[2] Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, quoting his lawyer Robert Weiner, reported he "is safe with his family."


The teenager from Kazakhstan, http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2008/11/11/release-of-three-prisoners-highlights-failures-of-guantanamo/
The last of four Kazakhs in Guantánamo, Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev was seized by Northern Alliance soldiers in a house raid in Kabul in December 2001, along with two compatriots from his home village. He was 18 years old at the time, as was one of his companions, Abdullah Magrupov, who had only been at the house for five days, after studying at a madrassa in Karachi. At his tribunal in Guantánamo, Magrupov said that they were captured by a Northern Alliance commander, who held them in "some kind of huge container” and "a place like a barn,” before transferring them to US custody.
During his tribunal, Kerimbakiev explained that he had traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 with ten family members, including his grandmother, his mother, and his sisters and brothers, but what interested the US authorities was his alleged status as a cook for the Taliban. Kerimbakiev denied the allegations, saying that he lived a simple life in a house in Kabul, where he spent most of his time growing vegetables. This was difficult for his tribunal to accept, and prompted one of its members to say, "We’re trying to understand why you’re here. The United States wouldn’t detain someone for more than two years for simply growing vegetables. Can you help us understand?”
Although it was quite possible to be imprisoned for growing vegetables, Kerimbakiev explained that the other man captured with him, Yakub Abahanov, "was a cook for the [Taliban] back-up forces,” and it seems likely, therefore, that Kerimbakiev was actually growing vegetables for the Taliban — although none of this explains why a teenager scraping a meager living from feeding the troops of the Afghan government should be transported halfway around the world to spend the next seven years of his life in a prison for terror suspects. Nevertheless, while Abdullah Magrupov and Yakub Abahanov were released in December 2006, Abdulrahim Kerimbakiev’s perceived lies led to him being held for another 23 months.

Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev or Elham Battayav (born on 7 November 1973) was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 84. He was born in Abaye, Kazakhstan.
He was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and he was transferred to Kazakhstan on December 15, 2006.[2]Contents [hide] 
1 Tom Johnson, Batayev's lawyer
2 Habeas corpus submissions
3 Release
4 McClatchy News Service interview
5 References
6 External links
Tom Johnson, Batayev's lawyer
On 9 August 2006 Batayev's lawyer, Tom Johnson, of Portland, Oregon, was profiled by the Willamette Week.[3] Johnson remarked on how Batayev continued to keep his hopes up that he would eventually be released.
Habeas corpus submissions Wikisource has original text related to this article:
Gherebi, et al. v. Bush, January 31st 2007
Elham Battayav is one of the sixteen Guantanamo captives whose amalgamated habeas corpus submissions were heard by US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton on January 31, 2007.[4]
The Portland, Oregon law firm Perkins Cole issued a press release on 18 December 2006 announcing Ihlkham Battayav's release.[5] The press release stated:
The Perkins Coie team of Fortino, Tom Johnson and Cody Weston began representing Battayav, pro bono, in late 2004. The team made five trips to Guantanamo, numerous trips to the Kazakh embassy in Washington, D.C., and a trip to Kazakhstan to meet with his family, the Kazakh press and potential witnesses.
The Miami Herald reports that three of the four Kazakh detainees in Guantanamo were repatriated and set free on 21 December 2006.[6] According to the Herald the two other released men were Abdullah Tohtasinovich Magrupov and Yakub Abahanov.
McClatchy News Service interview
On 15 June 2008 the McClatchy News Service published a series of article based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives.[7] Ilkham Batayev was one of the men they interviewed.[8] The McClatchy report stated that Ilkham Batayev said he couldn't bring himself to talk about his Guantanamo experiences, or how he came to be in Afghanistan.
But the McClatchy report characterized previous reports Ilkham Batayev had offered earlier—to a journalist in 2001, to his Tribunal, and to his lawyer—as inconsistent.[8]
The McClatchy article quoted Ilkham Batayev's lawyer, Thomas R. Johnson Jr., about the credibility of his assertion that fighters in the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement could have kidnapped him, and press-ganged him, into involuntary service in Afghanistan.[8] Johnson thought that the Tribunal officers discounted this part of his story as incredible, because it was outside their experience, and they simply couldn't imagine it was credible, in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan or Afghanistan:
"He was kept at Guantanamo because U.S. officers at (his tribunal hearing) or the interrogators found this to be an outlandish account. Of course this doesn't happen: People aren't kidnapped and taken to other countries to fight wars."

Ilkham Batayev (ISN 84, Kazakhstan) Released December 2006
In Chapter 2 of The Guantánamo Files, I explained how Ilkham Batayev, who was 28 years old at the time of his capture, was another survivor of the Qala-i-Janghi massacre. In Guantánamo, he said that, after traveling to Tajikistan to sell apples, he was kidnapped by thugs working for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), and transported to Kunduz, where he was forced to work as an assistant to a Taliban cook. In the chaos surrounding the fall of Kunduz, he saw his chance to escape, and hopped in a car with some other men who were hoping to escape to Iran, but was captured by Northern Alliance soldiers and taken to Qala-i-Janghi. Sick with malaria, and in pain from a recent operation to remove his wisdom teeth, he decided to leave the basement behind everybody else on the Sunday morning, when the massacre began, but was injured by a grenade as soon as he emerged, and then crawled back underground, where he spent the next six days hallucinating because he had lost a large amount of blood.
Batayev was also subjected to one of the most risible claims in the whole of Guantánamo’s history, which is full of implausible allegations, as I explained in Chapter 15 of The Guantánamo Files, in a section dealing with false confessions, when I noted that he "was reportedly caught smuggling $600,000, which, if true, suggests that he managed to keep the money safe while trying not to drown in the basement of the Qala-i-Janghi fort.”
In 2008, he was interviewed by a reporter for McClatchy Newspapers for a major review of 66 released Guantánamo prisoners. Interviewed in Abay, a "small town on the Kazakh-Uzbek border, a 12-hour train ride and a three-hour car trip from the nearest large Kazakh town,” Batayev "refused to talk about how he — a coach at a sports clinic, the son of a supervisor at a state-run cotton business — got from his home in rural Kazakhstan to the badlands of Afghanistan,” telling the reporter, "This is ancient history … I don’t want to say anything about it.”
As a result, McClatchy’s team was left with what was regarded as Batayev’s implausible story about traveling to Tajikistan to sell apples, which, as was noted, would have involved him "hav[ing] to travel all the way through another country, Uzbekistan, to go sell apples in Tajikistan, a country that has plentiful apple orchards of its own.”
This doesn’t mean that the US authorities’ version of events was true — that he wasn’t kidnapped by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan whilst on a trip to sell apples, but was a willing volunteer — and it is not necessarily persuasive that, as was asserted in Guantánamo, representatives of a foreign government — presumably Kazakhstan, whose agents visited Batayev in Guantánamo — confirmed his membership in the IMU,” as the Kazakh authorities may have lied, and it was impossible to be sure what the truth was when that absurd claim about having $600,000 on him was contained in the allegations.
However, it was noted that, while he was imprisoned in Afghanistan in 2001, before his transfer to Guantánamo, he was interviewed by a Kazakh journalist, and, in that interview, "said he was hiking in the mountains in Tajikistan with some friends when a gang of men loyal to Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader Juma Namangani kidnapped them.” It was also noted that he later told his American lawyer, Thomas R. Johnson Jr., that "he’d gone to Tajikistan to buy goods to bring back to Kazakhstan and sell,” but that, in the market in Dushanbe, "he met a trader who invited him to his orchards.” Once there, however, "a group of armed men kidnapped him” and took him to Afghanistan.
Although there are different points of view about whether or not the Taliban-linked IMU kidnapped people and took them to Afghanistan to fight, Johnson told McClatchy, "I never saw any credible information anywhere linking him” to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, adding, "I would feel completely confident going into a court of law in the United States and getting an acquittal based on the information in their files.” He also spoke about the absurd allegation regarding the $600,000 he reportedly had in his possession, calling it "ridiculous,” and explaining that "the first time that he was ever interrogated somebody said $600 … the amount has only grown.”
In the documents released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, the file relating to Batayev was an "Update Recommendation to Transfer to the Control of Another Country for Continued Detention (TRCD),” dated July 25, 2005, in which it was noted that he was born in July 1973, and it was revealed that he had been initially identified as an Uzbek, and had previously been recommended for "Transfer to the Control of Another Country for Continued Detention (TRCD) on 23 February 2004.”
In telling his story, the Task Force noted that he "graduated from a physical training college in Kazakhstan in 1992,” and then "worked as a youth sports instructor and a fruit vendor” prior to allegedly joining the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), supporters of the Taliban identified as "a Tier 1 target, which is defined as terrorist groups, especially those with state support, that have demonstrated the intention and the capability to attack US persons or interests.”
In explaining how he ended up with the IMU, the Task Force shed light on the earlier discrepancies between versions of Batayev’s story, stating that, although he initially claimed he was kidnapped by a man named Makhmudzhon Kirgizov, he "later changed his story under questioning from the Kazakhstan National Security Committee (KNB) in early October of 2002.” He was then flown to Kunduz in January 2001, "by civilian helicopter,” ending up in an IMU training facility near Mazar-e-Sharif, where, he said, he "declined to participate in the training and did not participate in any military activity.”
Instead, he said, he "worked as a cook’s assistant in a guesthouse” until July 2001, when he was hospitalized with malaria (until September 2001). He then reportedly contracted pneumonia in October 2001, and was then taken to Qala-i-Janghi, where he "was wounded during the battle at the prison.” He was then held for a month in Kandahar, and was sent to Guantánamo on February 7, 2002, on the spurious basis that it was to "provide information on the following: Prison uprising at Mazar-e-Sharif.”
In assessing his story, which involved detailed claims about his involvement with the IMU, the $600,000 became $60,000 in counterfeit money, which was apparently discovered in 2000 in the possession of a group of men (of which Batayev was one) by the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs,” and which apparently led to the Task Force’s bold claim that he "was involved in money laundering and counterfeiting operations with the IMU,” even though this had not been proved. Other claims were that he had been involved with the IMU since 1998, and, as a result, he was assessed as being "of medium intelligence value,” and "a medium risk, as he may pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies,” although it was also noted that, in Guantánamo, his "overall behaviour pattern ha[d] been compliant and often respectful to the operations of the Camp and the guard force.”

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