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Nationality: Algerian
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown
Aliases: Muhsin Muhammad Musheen Moqbill, Jamalidi Bourdra, Abdal Haq

Capture: Georgia, 28 April 2002
Captured alongside: Zakariya, Abbar al-Hawari
SSCI prisoner number: 3

Entered CIA custody: 1 May 2002 – 2 May 2002
Period of CIA custody: 630-631 days
Left CIA custody: 22 January 2004 – 31 January 2004

Detained: Georgia; Afghanistan (other and COBALT/GRAY); Algeria

Current status: released, as of 2010


Jamal Boudraa is an Algerian national who was captured in Georgia on 28 April 2002 and sold to the CIA. He was captured alongside two other men, Zakariya and Abbar al-Hawari, and all three were held by the CIA in Afghanistan. Little is known about Boudraa’s time after capture. However, according to DoD records relating to Zakariya, the men were initially held in a warehouse for four days, before being driven to another location, examined, then taken to an airport and put on a plane.

Abbar al-Hawari, captured and held alongside Boudraa, testified at his Combatant Status Review Tribunal at Guantánamo Bay that: “There was four of us. Myself, my friend Abdal Haq [Boudraa], a Yemeni guy name Zackria, and a Chechnya driver, who was killed... The Americans didn’t capture me. The Mafia captured me. They sold me to the Americans. When I was captured, a car came around and people inside were talking Russian and Georgian. I also heard a little Chechen. We were delivered to another group who spoke perfect Russian. They sold us to the dogs. The Americans came two days later with a briefcase full of money. they took us to a forest, then a private plane to Kabul, Afghanistan.”

Flight data analysis has identified a landing in Georgia by known rendition aircraft N63MU at some point 1-2 May 2002. Invoicing documents then show the aircraft flying onwards to Uzbekistan, before returning to Europe. Given the close match with dates, and the pattern of hiding some flights into and out of Afghanistan by filing false plans to land in neighbouring Uzbekistan, it is likely that this flight involved the transfer of all three men to secret detention in Afghanistan. Click here for our analysis of flight data and associated documentation relating to the rendition of Boudraa from Georgia to Afghanistan.

According to calculations published by the SSCI, further refined by our analysis, Boudraa was held in CIA custody for around 20-21 months (630-631 days), although nothing else is known about his fate and whereabouts during this time. Open Society Justice Initiative, citing documents on file with Joanne Mariner at Human Rights Watch, have reported that he was transferred to Algeria in January 2004. Flight data analysis has identified the aircraft which rendered Boudraa from Afghanistan to Algeria: N313P, which flew between the two countries on 22 January 2004 as part of a global circuit which transferred a number of CIA prisoners between locations. Click here for our analysis of flight data and associated documentation relating to the rendition of Boudraa from Afghanistan to Algeria.

Once in Algeria, Boudraa was prosecuted for the crime of membership of a terrorist group active abroad and, in 2005, sentenced to five years of imprisonment. He was released in 2010.



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

OSJI, Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition, February 2013


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