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17 of those who were held in the CIA programme have been classified as "High-Value Detainees" (HVDs). These men are those which the US considered to be of the highest intelligence value, given their alleged involvement at the top of al-Qaeda. The CIA's authorised torture programme, centred on the use of a set of "enhanced interrogation techniques", was developed primarily with the HVDs in mind, and specifically the first prisoner to be held by the CIA, Abu Zubaydah. 16 of the HVDs are still being held outside of the law in US military custody at Guantánamo Bay, while Ibn Sheikh al-Libi died in Libyan custody after being held and tortured by the Egyptians and the CIA. Five of those still in Guantánamo Bay - Ammar al-Baluchi, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Walid bin Attash - have been charged with conspiracy and other crimes relating to the 9/11 attacks, and are set to stand trial in a DoD-run military commission.

Use our prisoner search page to search for, and access, the profiles for each of the 17 individuals identified by the CIA as "High-Value Detainees".

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