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'Release Them Without Further Delay'

February 2006 report of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights arguing that many of the detention and interrogation practices used at Guantanamo Bay amounted to torture and recommending that: "Terrorism suspects should be detained in accordance with criminal procedure that respects the safeguards enshrined in relevant international law. Accordingly, the United States Government should either expeditiously bring all Guantánamo Bay detainees to trial, in compliance with articles 9(3) and 14 of ICCPR, or release them without further delay. Consideration should also be given to trying suspected terrorists before a competent international tribunal." See Document

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Summary of Evidence

A one-page summary of evidence against Abdallah Saleh al-Ajmi accusing him of fighting with the Taliban against coalition forces in Afghanistan. See Document

Declaration of Innocence

A translated statement by Ajmi states: "I object to the military authority and the charges against me in the American and international courts because all the charges are false and there is no proof to back it up." See Document

'I Would Like Justice'

Transcript and supporting documents from of Ajmi's February 2005 Administrative Review Board hearing. Ajmi challenges allegations that he entered Afghanistan to fight as a jihadist, and derides their assertions that he is a continued threat to the United States. "You are the judge and you are the president," he says, later concluding, "All I want from you is justice." See Document

'No Substantial Evidence'

Heavily redacted May 2005 assessment and recommendation of Ajmi's Administrative Review Board acknowledging Ajmi's claims that the summary of evidence against him was false, but concluding that he "brought no substantial evidence in his testimony to refute" the evidence. See Document

U.S. Account of Ajmi's Activities

A two-page biography of Ajmi prepared by the U.S. Government and presented to the Kuwaiti government upon his release from Guantanamo Bay. The document, apparently drawn from his interrogations, purports to trace Ajmi's abandonment of the Kuwaiti military and eventual arrival in Afghanistan, where he takes up a front-line position with the Taliban. See Document

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