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Title: FORMER GUANTANAMO DETAINEE IN QATARI CUSTODY

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08DOHA5272008-07-28 10:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Doha
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C O N F I D E N T I A L DOHA 000527 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2018 
TAGS: PREL PHUM KPAO KAWC QA
SUBJECT: FORMER GUANTANAMO DETAINEE IN QATARI CUSTODY 
 
REF: DOHA 417 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Michael A. Ratney, 
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) Former GTMO detainee Jarallah al-Marri was transferred 
to Qatari custody on Sunday, July 27 at 1230 hrs local time. 
Legatt met the USAF aircraft on arrival at Doha International 
Airport and witnessed al-Marri's transfer to officials of 
Qatar State Security.  Qatari authorities brought al-Marri 
through the main airport terminal and led him to a car 
curbside in front of the arrivals terminal.  A Qatari video 
cameraman filmed the arrival.  The entire process went 
smoothly.  With his release, no Qataris are currently being 
held at GTMO.  His brother Ali, however, remains in detention 
at the Charleston, South Carolina, Naval Brig. 
 
¶2. (C) Embassy received several inquiries on July 27 from the 
Qatar Human Rights Commission, following up on requests from 
al-Marri's family for verification that al-Marri had arrived 
in Qatar.  The Human Rights Commission was referred to the 
GOQ. 
 
¶3. (U) All but one of Qatar,s seven local newspapers carried 
short, factual articles on al-Marri,s return.  Three 
Arabic-language dailies featured front-page coverage, while 
the fourth Arabic daily ran the story on its inside pages. 
English-language daily "Gulf-Times" ran virtually the same 
text as the Arabic newspapers, including that "no condemning 
evidence was produced against" al-Marri &nor was he sent to 
any trial."  "Gulf Times" also quoted al-Marri's family 
members citing their relief at his release, and their desire 
to see his brother, Ali al-Marri, released from U.S. 
detention soon. 
 
¶4. (U) Al Jazeera Network's Arabic news channel ran a short 
story with a video clip of al-Marri at Doha International 
Airport at the top of its afternoon news bulletin on July 27. 
 The text of the bulletin was virtually identical to that ran 
in the Qatari Arabic-language dailies:  al-Marri was held in 
Guantanamo since his arrest upon leaving Afghanistan in late 
2001, no evidence was entered against him, and he has not 
stood trial.  On July 28, Al Jazeera continued to mention 
al-Marri's return in its news crawl. 
RATNEY