|Status||Released to Tajikistan|
Abdumuqit Vohidov is a citizen of Tajikistan who was held in extrajudicial detention, for five years, in the United States' Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 90. Vohidov was returned to his native Tajikistan on 28 February 2007.
The Taliban had accused Vohidov of spying for Russia, and imprisoned him for nearly three years. At Kandahar Airfield, he complained to Cpt. Danner that he had been housed in a more humane prison by the Taliban, where he had been given a radio, fresh fruit and proper toilet facilities.
Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald on 7 July 2009, reported that Umar Abdulayev, the sole remaining Tajikistani, reported that a delegation of Tajikistani security officials threatened to retaliate against him Sharipov and Vohidov, unless they agreed to pretend to be militant jihadists, and report on real militant jihadists, following their repatriations.
On 15 June 2008, the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives. McClatchy reporters interviewed Airat Vakhitov by telephone. Vohidov told his interviewers he was suffering ongoing mental problems, and that he was worried that if interviewers visited him in person he would be punished by Russian security officials.
Vohidov had been an imam in Tatarstan, who was imprisoned following a general round-up when Russian officials were cracking down on Chechens. He was temporarily freed, and fled Russia when he learned that security officials were looking for him. He said he was kidnapped by the forces of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and eventually transported to Afghanistan, against his will.
Bridget McCormack, a candidate for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, helped defend Vohitov, and in 2012, the Judicial Crisis Network broadcast an advertisement which criticized her for "freeing a terrorist." Andrew Rosenthal, of The New York Times criticized the Judicial Crisis Network ad, which contained footage of Teri Johnson, the mother of Joseph Johnson, a GI who was killed in Afghanistan, who says:
“My son is a hero and fought to protect us. ... Bridget McCormack volunteered to help free a terrorist. How could you?”
Rosenthal pointed out that Vohitov was freed through the non-judicial review, through the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants in 2007.
A Supreme Court judge said Mukit Vohidov and Ruhniddin Sharopov illegally crossed the Tajik border into Afghanistan in early 2001 and joined fighters of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Now, the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative Washington political group, is following the same script in a particularly revolting attack on Bridget McCormack, who is running for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court.
According to Suleimanov, the combatants are led by some of the most prominent figures in the Russian radical Islamist movement, including Airat Vakhitov and Daud Khalukhayev.
The State Department named the two global terrorists Wednesday as Aslan Avgazarovich Byutukaev, who is also known as Amir Khamzat, and Airat Vakhitov, who has a number of aliases, including Salman Bulgarsky.
...I hereby determine that the individual known as Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov, also known as Aiat Nasimovich Vahitov, also known as Airat Vakhitov, also known as Aryat Vakhitov, also known as Airat Wakhitov, also known as Taub Ayrat Vakhitov, also known as Salman Bulgarsky, also known as Salman Bulgarskiy, committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
Seven Russians who were returned to their homeland for investigation and detention after being held by U.S. authorities at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been released, Russian prosecutors confirmed Monday.
Rustam Akhmerov, left, and Airat Vakhitov describe the experiences they shared with Rasul Kudayev as detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
This letter tells about two citizens of Tajikistan, Rukhniddin Sharopov and Abdumukite Vokhidov. According to HRW, while being detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, both Sharopov and Vokhidov claimed that they were moved to Afghanistan against their will and were unable to return home since they had no documents. In 2001 Afghan field commanders sold them to US agents during the US counter-terrorist operation in Afghanistan.