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Nationality: Egyptian
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown
Aliases: Mohammed Omar Abdel-Rahman, Abdur Rahamn

Capture: Quetta, Pakistan, 12 February 2003
SSCI prisoner number: 43

Entered CIA custody: 14 February 2003 – 23 February 2003
Period of CIA custody: 150-159 days
Left CIA custody: 23 July 2003

Detained: Afghanistan (COBALT); Egypt

Current status: released, late 2010

Asadallah is an Egyptian national who was captured in Quetta, Pakistan, on 12 February 2003. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 14-23 February 2003. According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for around 5 months (150-159 days), during which time he says he was detained and tortured at Bagram Airbase, including being subjected to waterboarding. It is likely that this detention was at one of the CIA-run sites rather than at Bagram, and CIA records cited by the SSCI report confirm that he was subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques”, whilst held either at DETENTION SITE COBALT in Afghanistan or (less likely) DETENTION SITE BLUE in Poland. At some point during this period, interrogators used water dousing, nudity, and cramped confinement on Asadallah without having sought or received authorisation from CIA Headquarters. In particular, CIA cables cited by the SSCI report show that “the application of ‘bathing’ in the case of Asadallah was done punitively and was used as an interrogation technique. Nudity was also used in conjunction with water dousing/bathing and later as an interrogation technique.” Other CIA records show that Asadallah was “left in the standing sleep deprivation position despite a sprained ankle”, and that he was “also placed in a ‘small isolation box’ for 30 minutes, without authorisation and without discussion of how the technique would affect his [sprained] ankle.”

Asadallah would have been transferred out of CIA custody at some point between 12 July 2003 and 6 August 2003.  In fact, flight data analysis has identified a likely transfer operation for Asadallah, with the known rendition aircraft N379P flying from Afghanistan to Egypt on 23 July. Click here for our analysis of flight data and documentation associated with Asadallah’s rendition from Afghanistan to Egypt.

This rendition operation would also correspond with information released by the Open Society Justice Initiative, citing documents on file with Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch. These state that he was rendered to secret detention in Egypt for around a year, before being transferred to Tora Prison in Egypt and then released in late 2010.



SSCI, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program , 9 December 2014

David Wroe, “Jihadist believes bin Laden inspired Arab Spring confidence,” Sunday Morning Herald, 10 September 2011



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