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Template:Infobox WoT detainees Hadj Boudella is a citizen of Bosnia who was wrongfully detained for over six years in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1]

He was born in Algeria, moved to Bosnia, married Nađa Dizdarević a Bosnian woman, and became a Bosnian citizen. Boudella, and five associates of his, who were also Bosnians who were born in Algeria were arrested by Bosnian authorities. Local United States intelligence officials said they detected "chatter" that implicated the six in a conspiracy to bomb the Bosnian embassy.

He won his habeas corpus and US District Court Judge Richard J. Leon wrote that there was no evidence that Boudella intended to travel to Afghanistan to take up arms against US forces. Judge Leon declared Boudella's detention as unlawful and ordered his release in November 2008. He was released from Guantanamo and returned to his family in Bosnia on December 16, 2008.[2]

Combatant Status Review

Hadj Boudella was among the 60% of prisoners who chose to participate in tribunal hearings. A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee, listing the allegations that supported their detention as an "enemy combatant".

Hadj Boudella's memo accused him of the following:[3][4]

a. The detainee is associated with al Qaida:
  1. The detainee was arrested with Bensayah Belkacem, a known al Qaida associate, for International Terrorism by the Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities.
  2. Bensayah Belkacem had phone conversations with Abu Zubaydah, a senior aide to Usama Bin Laden, who was in charge of screening recruits for al Qaida training camps in Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee and others acted as an organized terrorist group and they were in contact with known al Qaida member, Abu Zubaydah.
  4. Detainee was arrested by Bosnian authorities in connection with a planned attack on the American embassy.
  5. Detainee is a member of the Mujahadin network. Also, detainee is likely a member of Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, a militant organization.
  6. Armed Islamic Group of Algeria is on the list of sympathizers and helpers of Usama Bin Laden’s al Qaida.

The Associated Press acquired copies of the unclassified portions of many of the detainees' dossiers. Hadj Boudella's dossier was one of the 59 Associated Press available for public download.[5]


Boudella chose to participate in his Administrative Review Board hearing.[6]

Wife hunger strike

On June 2005 Boudella's wife Nađa Dizdarević started the first of several hunger strikes to protest her husbands detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She said she would end her hunger strike only when she received written confirmation from Bosnia's presidency it would address the issue with Washington.[7]


On 16 December 2008 Hadj Boudella, Mustafa Idr, and Mohammed Nechle were released to Bosnia.[8][9][10]

On 3 March 2009, El Khabar reported that the Bush administration forced Idr and the other two men to sign undertakings that they would not sue the US government for their kidnapping, before they would be released.[11]

See also


  1. OARDEC (2006-05-15). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  3. Unsummarized summary of evidence (.pdf), from page 39 of Boudella el Hajj's CSRT dossier
  4. Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants (October 6, 2004). [[[:Template:DoD detainees ARB]] "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal Belkacem, Bensayah"]. Department of Defense. p. 9. Template:DoD detainees ARB. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  5. documents (.pdf) from Boudella el Hajj's Combatant Status Review Tribunal
  6. Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Boudella el Hajj's Administrative Review Board hearing - page 43
  7. (06/12/2005). "Guantanamo Prisoner's Bosnian Wife Begins Hunger Strike". Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  8. Mike Melia (2008-12-16). "Lawyer: Gitmo detainees arrive in Bosnia". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-12-17. mirror
  9. William Glaberson (2008-12-15). "U.S. Is Set to Release 3 Detainees From Base". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  10. "Guantanamo 'worst place on Earth'". The Australian. 2008-12-17.,25197,24816310-12335,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-17. mirror
  11. "Documents allege Bosnian Algerians committed not to sue the U.S.". El Khabar. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-03. "The U.S. has handed over the Bosnian Government documents alleging that Bosnian-Algerians recently freed from Guantanamo detention camp have signed commitments depriving them from the right to sue in justice U.S. and Bosnian officials, responsible for their “abduction” in Sarajevo, seven years ago, spokesman of Bosnian Al-Ansar Association, Ayman Awad told El Khabar." mirror

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