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Saifullah Paracha

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ISN  1094
Name  Saifullah Paracha
Children  Uzair Paracha

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Born  August 17, 1947 (age 68) Mongwal, Pakistan (1947-08-17)
Status  Still held in the Guantanamo camps
Education  New York Institute of Technology
Detained at  Parwan Detention Facility, Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Similar People  Uzair Paracha, Jamil el Banna, Bisher Amin Khalil al‑Rawi, Mohammed el Gharani, Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif

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Saifullah Paracha is a citizen of Pakistan currently held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. The Department of Defense reports that Paracha was born on August 17, 1947, in Mongwal, Pakistan.


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He graduated from a university in Karachi with a degree in physics and attended New York Institute of Technology, studying computer systems analysis.

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As of August 2017, Saifullah Paracha has been held at Guantanamo for almost thirteen years.

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Paracha's Son

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Paracha's son, Uzair Paracha, was convicted in 2005 for providing support to Al-Qaeda, that included assistance for Majid Khan to obtain documents.

Combatant Status Review

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Saifullah Paracha's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 6 October 2004.

Saifullah Paracha v. George W. Bush

A writ of habeas corpus, Saifullah Paracha v. George W. Bush, was submitted on Saifullah Paracha's behalf. In response, on 21 December 2004, the Department of Defense published fifty-eight pages of unclassified documents related to his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.

On 8 December 2004 Tribunal panel 24 convened and confirmed Saifullah Paracha's "enemy combatant" status.

Joint Review Task Force

On January 21, 2009, the day he was inaugurated, United States President Barack Obama issued three Executive orders related to the detention of individuals in Guantanamo. That new review system was composed of officials from six departments, where the OARDEC reviews were conducted entirely by the Department of Defense. When it reported back, a year later, the Joint Review Task Force classified some individuals as too dangerous to be transferred from Guantanamo, even though there was no evidence to justify laying charges against them. On April 9, 2013, that document was made public after a Freedom of Information Act request. Saifullah Paracha was one of the 71 individuals deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release. Obama said those deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release would start to receive reviews from a Periodic Review Board.

Periodic Review Board

The first review wasn't convened until November 20, 2013. Parachas's review convened on April 8, 2016. His was the 29th review to be convened. Paracha was denied approval for transfer on April 7, 2016.

Press reports

On July 12, 2006 the magazine Mother Jones provided excerpts from the transcripts of a selection of the Guantanamo detainees. Paracha was one of the detainees profiled. According to the article his transcript contained the following exchange:

Tribunal president: I do know you had some questions about the legality of your detention. That would be referred to other organizations of the government, but you will be receiving more specific instructions shortly of how to bring your question to U.S. courts. Paracha: Your honor, I have been here 17 months; would that be before I expire? Tribunal president: I would certainly hope so, especially since you are under the care of the U.S. government while you are here. As far as some of the other statements you made about jurisdiction, this is a U.S. government executive decision in regards to the detention of enemy combatants…. Paracha: Your honor, my question is that your executive order is applicable around the earth? Tribunal president: It is a global war on terrorism. Paracha: I know, sir, but you are not the master of the earth, sir…. Tribunal president: Would you be surprised to hear that Osama bin Laden founded Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda includes people from all over the world? People from America, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines, and people from wherever? Paracha: Sir, how could anybody know who Al Qaeda is? Tribunal president: Good question. That’s a very good question.

On June 2, 2008 Zachary Katznelson appealed to the Pakistani government for assistance, stating:

"Political intervention is the only hope for Saifullah Paracha to receive justice."

Heart surgery

Paracha needed heart surgery.


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