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

Capture: unknown
SSCI prisoner number: 53

Entered CIA custody: 13 April 2003 – 16 May 2003
Period of CIA custody: 390-399 days
Left CIA custody: 7 May 2004 – 18 June 2004

Detained: Afghanistan (possibly)

Current status: unknown


Very little is known about Muhammad Khan. 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 13 April 2003 and 16 May 2003. Calculations published by the SSCI show that he was held by the CIA for around 13 months (390-399 days) during 2003-2004. The CIA actually detained two men with the name Muhammad Khan. According to CIA records cited in the SSCI report, at least one of these prisoners was held at the CIA-run DETENTION SITE COBALT in Afghanistan during 2003 and was, in fact, “wrongfully detained” (as CIA records show he did not pose a “continuing, serious threat” to US interests). It is unclear whether these records refer to this Khan, or to the other prisoner with the same name.

Khan would have been transferred out from CIA custody at some point between 7 May 2004 and 18 June 2004. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.

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