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Nationality: Egyptian
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown
Aliases: unknown

Capture: Quetta, Pakistan, 29 August 2004
SSCI prisoner number: 112

Entered CIA custody: 17 September 2004 – 30 September 2004
Period of CIA custody: 80-89 days
Left CIA custody: 6 December 2004 – 28 December 2004

Detained: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt

Current status: released, 2011


Sharif al-Masri is a Pakistani national who was captured by Pakistani authorities in Quetta, Pakistan, on 29 August 2004. CIA records cited by the SSCI report document that al-Masri was initially held in the custody of a foreign government, presumably Pakistan, where he claimed to have been tortured. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that al-Masri was then rendered to CIA custody at some point between 17-30 September 2004, after which he “expressed his intent to cooperate with the CIA, indicating that he was frightened of interrogations because he had been tortured while being interrogated in [redacted].” Despite this, the CIA requested approval to use “enhanced interrogation techniques” on al-Masri. He was subsequently tortured for at least a week, and during which time the use of sleep deprivation “coincided with auditory hallucinations.”

After approximately three months (80-89 days) of CIA detention, at some point 6-28 December 2004, al-Masri was rendered to the custody of [redacted], despite the fact that al-Masri had provided repeated descriptions of his torture at their hands. The length of the redaction suggests that this location was Egypt, and the fact that al-Masri was Egyptian supports this inference. Once in Egypt, al-Masri says that he was interrogated for seven months in an intelligence headquarters, before being transferred to the State Security headquarters in Cairo. According to al-Masri: “I saw there kinds of torture you would never imagine and even the Americans were better.” He was finally released after the uprising in January 2011.



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

Cairo al-Shuruq al-Jadid, 25 June 2011

Amnesty International, Off the Record: US Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances in the ‘War on Terror’, 7 June 2007


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