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

Capture: unknown
SSCI prisoner number: 59

Entered CIA custody: 15 May 2003 – 20 June 2003
Period of CIA custody: 260-269 days
Left CIA custody: 30 January 2004 – 15 March 2004

Detained: Afghanistan

Current status: unknown


Very little is known about Mohammad Dinshah. 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 15 May 2003 and 20 June 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 Dinshah’s capture, the CIA determined that “he does not meet the strict standards required to go to [DETENTION SITE COBALT],” and subsequently transferred him to [redacted] custody. It is unclear whether the 8-9 months (260-269 days) of CIA detention noted by the SSCI includes this period of proxy detention, but he would have formally left  CIA custody at some point between 30 January 2004 and 15 March 2004. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.

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