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Nationality: Afghan
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown
Alias: Haji Wazir

Capture: United Arab Emirates, late 2002
SSCI prisoner number: 38

Entered CIA custody: 9 December 2002 – 31 December 2002
Period of CIA custody: 330-339 days
Left CIA custody: 4 November 2003 – 5 December 2003

Detained: United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Afghanistan

Current status: released, as of February 2010


Pacha Wazir is an Afghan man who was captured in the United Arab Emirates in late 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 9 December 2002 and 31 December 2002. According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for nearly a year (330-339 days). Little is known about Wazir’s fate and whereabouts during his period in CIA detention, with the exception of a published account by a former CIA interrogator which supposedly centres on his interrogation of Wazir at sites in Morocco and the ‘Salt Pit’ in Afghanistan.

Wazir was transferred out of CIA cutody to US military control at some point between 4 November 2003 and 5 December 2003, and held without access to a lawyer at Bagram Airbase for a further six and a half years. Lawyers for Wazir at the International Justice Network filed a petition for the writ of habeas corpus in September 2006, although the court initially found in favour of the US Government’s argument that it had no jurisdiction over Afghan prisoners held in Afghanistan. Before the appeal against that opinion could be fully undertaken, Wazir was released.



United States District Court, Opinion Granting Motion to Dismiss, Haji Wazir et al v. Robert Gates et al, 29 June 2009

Scott Horton, Unredacting “The Interrogator”, Harper’s Magazine, 5 July 2011





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