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Murat Kurnaz - Guantánamo Case Information Page

Murat Kurnaz is a twenty-five year old German resident of Turkish descent. While studying Islam in Pakistan in 2001, Murat was pulled off of a civilian bus at a routine bus stop, and questioned by local authorities. Those authorities proceeded to detain him for several days no more suspicion than that Murat was a foreigner traveling in Pakistan. At a time when the Pakistani government was facing enormous pressure to assist the United States in responding to the attacks of 9/11, the Pakistani authorities transferred Murat to U.S. custody for what U.S. interrogators told Murat was $3,000. He spent a harrowing couple of months in the U.S. prison camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he suffered severe forms of abuse, including shackling, sleep deprivation, water torture and electrocution. He was transferred to the U.S. prison camp in Guantánamo Bay in early 2002 and designated a so-called “enemy combatant.” He was prisoner number 061.

Click here to read the full case history of Murat Kurnaz.

Statement to House Subcommittee on International Organizations and Human Rights 

Kurnaz Legal Filings

  1. Habeas Corpus Petition
  2. Combatant Status Review Tribunal Transcript and Unclassified Basis for Detention
  3. Counsel Submission to Administrative Review Board
  4. Affidavit of Selcuk Bilgin
  5. Affidavit of Kurnaz Family Members
  6. Letters from Religious Experts Regarding Jama'at al Tablighi Group
  7. Notice of Transfer from Guantánamo Bay
  8. Freedom of Information Act Complaint

Government-Produced Documents in Response to FOIA Lawsuit

  1. Government FOIA Production
    1. Pages 700000-700032
    2. Pages 700033-700087
    3. Pages 700095-700183
    4. Pages 700184-700237
    5. Pages 700238-700287
    6. Pages 700321-700326
    7. Pages 700337-700373
    8. Pages 700441-700461
  2. Government Documents Revealing Kurnaz's Innocence
  3. Declassified Portions of Judge Green's Opinion

Links to Kurnaz-Related Media Stories

  1. The Washington Post: Ex-Afghanistan Detainee Alleges Torture, March 29, 2008
  2. The Washington Post: Evidence Of Innocence Rejected at Guantánamo, December 5, 2007
  3. The Washington Post: Turk was Abused at Guantánamo, Lawyers Say, August 26, 2006
  4. The Washington Post: U.S. Frees Longtime Detainee: Court had ruled in favor of Turk, August 25, 2006
  5. New York Magazine: Minutes of the Guantánamo Bay Bar Association,  June 26, 2006
  6. The New Yorker: The Experiment, July 7, 2005
  7. The New York Times One Muslim’s Odyssey to Guantánamo, June 5, 2005
  8. The Washington Post: Panel Ignored Evidence on Detainee: U.S. Military, German Authorities Found No Ties to Terrorists, March 27, 2005