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

Capture: unknown

SSCI prisoner number: 20

Entered CIA custody: 29 September 2002 – 28 October 2002
Period of CIA custody: 380-389 days
Left CIA custody: 14 October 2003 – 21 November 2003

Detained: unknown, Afghanistan

Current status: detained, Afghanistan


Lutfi al-Gharisi is a Tunisian man who, according to analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 29 September 2002 and 28 October 2002. Little is known about the fate and whereabouts of al-Gharisi during his period of CIA detention, although CIA records cited by the SSCI report show that shortly after his transfer to CIA control, and at some point in October 2002, he was subjected to “at least two 48-hour sessions of sleep deprivation.” This treatment was not authorised by CIA Headquarters.

Calculations published by the SSCI show that he was held in secret CIA detention for over a year (380-389 days), and this would have been until some point between 14 October 2003 and 21 November 2003. He was then transferred to US military custody at Bagram Airbase, where he was held without charge for an additional seven years, alongside another Tunisian who had been in CIA detention, Ridha al-Najjar. Al-Gharisi and al-Najjar were the final prisoners in Bagram, and were transferred over to Afghan custody on 10 December 2014. He is currently under Afghan control.



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






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