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

Aliases: Shaukat Nafay

Capture: Quetta, Pakistan, 16 October 2002

SSCI prisoner number: 21

Entered CIA custody: 16 October 2002 – 30 October 2002
Period of CIA custody: 70-79 days
Left CIA custody: 25 December 2002 – 17 January 2003

Detained: unknown

Current status: unknown


Little is known about Hikmat Shaukat. CIA records cited by the SSCI report document that, prior to detention by the CIA, he had been assessed as having involvement in al-Qaeda’s programme to develop chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. It has been reported that he was kidnapped from his house in Quetta, Pakistan, on 16 October 2002. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 16-28 October 2002. Calculations published by the SSCI show that he was held by the CIA for around two and a half months (70-79 days) at the end of 2002. A CIA cable dated October 2002 states that he was subjected to a “regimen of limited sleep deprivation.” This treatment was not authorised by CIA Headquarters, and interrogators ultimately determined that “he was not involved in CBRN efforts and his involvement with al-Qa’ida members was limited to personal relationships with former neighbours.” Given that this assessment was made after his interrogation, he was not included amongst the 26 names identified by the SSCI as having been “wrongfully detained”.

Shaukat would have been transferred out of CIA custody at some point between 25 December 2002 and 17 January 2003. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.



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

Shahzada Zulfiqar, Silence of the Mullahs, Newsline Magazine, 10 March 2003

Police Asked to Produce Iraqi Doctor in Court, Dawn, 13 December 2002



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