On May 15, 2006, the United States Department of Defense acknowledged that there have been 12 Tajik detainees held in Guantanamo.[1] The Guantanamo Bay detainment camps were opened on January 11, 2002, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in Cuba.

Press reports[]

The magazine Mother Jones published a feature article, entitled: "The Man Who Has Been to America: One Guantanamo detainee's story".[2] The article was based on an interview with Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov, a Tajik from a village named Alisurkhon. Umarov said he and a neighbor from his village, were captured while visiting a third neighbor from his village at his University in Pakistan. Umarov named his two neighbors, Mazharudin and Abdughaffor. He said they too had been sent to Guantanamo. Mazharudin is named on the official list, but Abdughaffor is not. Umarov told Mother Jones that Mazharudin and Abdughaffor were released on March 31, 2004, at the same time he was.

The US Department of Defense acknowledged holding twelve Tajiks in Guantanamo.[1] The DoD acknowledged convening Combatant Status Review Tribunals for six of the Tajiks held in Guantanamo.[3] The DoD said they convened a Combatant Status Review Tribunal for every detainee who was still in Guantanamo in 2005.

A March 1, 2007, press release announced that the Department of Defense had returned three Tajiks back to Tajikistan.[4]

On August 7, 2007, Radio Free Europe reported that a former Tajik detainee named "Mukit Vohidov" had been repatriated from Guantanamo to Tajikistani custody, in March 2007, and was about to stand trial.[5] The report also stated that another former Tajik detainee named "Ibrohim Nasriddinov" had recently stood trial, been convicted, and received a 23-year sentence.

List of Tajiks held in Guantanamo[]

isn name date
00076 Rukniddin Sharipov 1973/03/15 2002-01-15 2007-02-28
  • Repatriated in March 2007.[5]
  • Put on trial on August 7, 2007.[5]
  • Convicted of being a mercenary on August 18, 2007, and sentenced to 17 years in prison.[6]
  • Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, reports that Umar Abdulayev reported that he, Sharipov, and one other Tajik were threatened by Tajikistani security officials, who told them they would be punished if they did not agree to pretend to be militant jihadists, and spy on real Tajikistani militant jihadists.[7]
00077 Mehrabanb Fazrollah 1962/10/18 2002-02-09 2007-02-28
00083 Yusef Nabied 1963/08/05 2002-02-08 2004-07-17
00090 Abdumukite Vokhidov 1969/11/13 2002-01-15 2007-02-28
00208 Maroof Saleemovich Salehove 1978/03/03 2002-01-20 2005-08-19
00257 Omar Hamzayavich Abdulayev 1978/10/11 2002-02-09 2016-07-10
  • In November 2009 Abdulayev was the last Tajikistani in Guantanamo.[7]
  • Abdulayev reported that visiting Tajikistani security officials threatened him, and two other captives with retribution if they didn't agree to pretend to be militant jihadists in order to spy on real militant jihadists, once they were repatriated.[7][9]
00641 Abdul Karim Irgashive 1965/05/07 2002-06-08 2004-07-17
00665 Sadee Eideov 1953 2002-06-14 2004-03-31
00729 Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov 1980/10/06 2002-08-05 2004-03-31[2]
00731 Mazharudin 1979/12/01 2002-08-05 2004-03-31[2]
00732 Shirinov Ghafar Homarovich 1974/01/09 2002-08-05 2004-03-31
01095 Zainulabidin Merozhev 1978 unknown[10] 2008-10-31[11]


  1. ^ a b list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. ^ a b c The Man Who Has Been to America: One Guantanamo detainee's story, Mother Jones, September/October 2006 issue
  3. ^ list of prisoners (.pdf) Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, US Department of Defense, April 20, 2006
  4. ^ "Detainee Transfer Announced". US Department of Defense. March 1, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Former Guantanamo Inmates Go On Trial In Tajikistan". Radio Free Europe. August 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
  6. ^ Bernard Hibbitts (August 18, 2007). "Tajikistan high court sentences ex-Guantanamo detainees". The Jurist. Archived from the original on August 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  7. ^ a b c Carol Rosenberg (2009-07-07). "Fearful Guantánamo captive wants to stay behind". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-07.[dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d e OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased" (PDF). Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  9. ^ "Tajik citizen says he prefers Guantanamo to returning home". Hurriyet Daily News. 2009-11-17. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18.
  10. ^ His date of arrival in Guantanamo was not published.
  11. ^ GREGORY G. KATSAS (2008-10-31). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 910 -- NOTICE OF TRANSFER OF PETITIONER AND WITHDRAWAL OF REQUEST FOR DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION AS PROTECTED INFORMATION" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2008-11-06.