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Nationality: unknown
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown

Capture: unknown
SSCI prisoner number: 49

Entered CIA custody: 28 March 2003 – 18 April 2003
Period of CIA custody: 40-49 days
Left CIA custody: 7 May 2003 – 6 June 2003

Detained: Afghanistan, unknown

Current status: unknown


Very little is known about Hamid Aich. Although details of his capture are not known, analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 28 March 2003 and 18 April 2003. He was one of a number of prisoners whom CIA Headquarters explicitly acknowledged did not pose a “continuing, serious threat” to US interests, and therefore recommended transferring to a “host country detention facility” (likely Afghanistan). As the SSCI report notes, “the host country had no independent reason to detain these individuals and held them solely at the behest of the CIA.” After CIA Headquarters concluded that Aich did not meet the standard for unilateral CIA detention, they “sought to place him in Country [redacted] custody where the CIA could still debrief him.” He was transferred to this detention site on [redacted] April 2003, and then transferred to the custody of a second country more than a month later.

Overall, Aich was held by the CIA for around 6-7 weeks (40-49 days), and left CIA custody at some point between 7 may 2003 and 6 June 2003. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.

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