Guled Hassan Duran

Guled Hassan Duran

Guled Hassan Duran is a 43-year-old citizen of Somalia who has been detained without charge at Guantánamo since September 2006. Guled was captured in Djibouti and rendered to the CIA in March 2004, according to the declassified executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program. Nearly all of what happened to Guled between the time of his capture and his arrival at Guantánamo in 2006 remains shrouded in secrecy, however, the SSCI report notes that Guled was among a group of "CIA detainees [who] had care delayed for serious medical issues" while in detention "[d]ue to a lack of adequate medical care at CIA detention sites and the unwillingness of host governments to make hospital facilities available."

Since 2006, Guled has been held without charge in Guantánamo. President Obama's Guantánamo Task Force designated Guled for continuing detention, indicating that there was likely no basis for future prosecution. In August 2016, Guled appeared before a Periodic Review Board (PRB), as part of an administrative process created to review the cases of those Guantánamo detainees who are neither already cleared for release nor currently charged by military commission, in order to determine whether they can be cleared for release. The PRB process is deeply flawed. Boards have in many cases relied on evidence obtained through torture in making their determinations. In Guled's case specifically, he did not have adequate time to prepare for his hearing, and he appeared without counsel. The PRB ultimately declined to approve Guled for release, but he is eligible for a file review, which the Obama administration should expedite immediately.

Guled has a large and close-knit family and support network, as evidenced by the letters of support he received in his PRB case from relatives. He is one of seven children, and his brother and sisters speak fondly of their childhood together in Somalia and describe him as a family man who loves his wife and four children deeply and who suffers from being separated from them for so long.

After more than a decade in U.S. custody without a lawyer, Guled began exchanging letters and meeting with CCR attorneys in Fall 2016. In November 2016, CCR filed a habeas petition on behalf of Guled with a federal court in Washington, D.C.

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November 30, 2016