Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi was charged with attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, hazarding a vessel, terrorism, attempted hazarding a vessel, and attempted terrorism based on alleged connections to Al-Qaeda that date back to 1996. The charges alleged that al-Darbi planned, aided, and abetted in a course of conduct that resulted in the suicide bombing of the French civilian oil tanker M/V LIMBURG near Yemen in 2002, which killed one civilian mariner and injured 12 others. Al-Darbi pleaded guilty to these charges in February 2014. The plea deal gave him a sentence of nine to 15 years, depending on behavior. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to testify against another Guantanamo detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Al-Darbi was held in the US detention center at Bagram, Afghanistan for eight months in late 2002 and 2003, during the period when some of the worst abuses took place there. Al-Darbi has said that while at Bagram, US soldiers kicked him, beat him, dragged him around by his calves, and hung him by his wrists for days on end. Al-Darbi's claims were deemed credible enough for the US military to accept them in written form as testimony in the May 2006 courts-martial of Damien Corsetti, a specialist in the US Army’s 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, who was accused of abusing detainees at Bagram (Corsetti was later found not guilty of all charges).

In May 2018, al-Darbi was repatriated to Saudi Arabia under the military commission plea agreement. He had been at Guantanamo for over 15 years. He was the first detainee to be transferred during the Donald Trump administration. (Last updated August 9, 2018)

 

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