On October 28, 2021, Majid Khan read an unclassified personal statement during his sentencing hearing before a Guantánamo military commission. In his words, it is the story that he has been waiting almost two decades to tell.
In March 2003, Majid Khan was captured, forcibly disappeared, and tortured by U.S. officials at overseas “black sites” operated by the CIA. In September 2006, he was sent to Guantánamo Bay, at the age of 26, where he has been detained since. His torture is described at length in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, key findings of which were released on December 9, 2014. His recent statement adds new details about his torture to the public record.
In February 2012, Khan was charged and pled guilty to various offenses before a military commission at Guantánamo. He pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement with the Convening Authority for Military Commissions. Khan concluded his military commission sentence in February 2022, and was transferred to Belize on February 2, 2023.