Gitmo detainee living here was held for five years despite posing no threat

A FORMER prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who was allowed to leave for Ireland in 2009, was forced to spend five years in captivity even after interrogators decided he had little to offer in terms of military intelligence.

Oybek Jamaludinovich Jabbarov was one of two prisoners released in 2009 after a deal between the Irish and American governments. This allowed him to move to Ireland and reunite with his wife and sons from Uzbekistan.

When he was arrested the former shepherd was travelling to Pakistan in a truck owned by a local warlord. He took a lift in search of employment while his pregnant wife and sons were living in a refugee camp in Afghanistan.

Instead he was handed over to American soldiers, along with a group of Pakistani passengers, most likely in exchange for a bounty.

Mr Jabbarov was subsequently shipped to the military prison camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, in May 2002.

A report, published by the Wikileaks website, confirmed Mr Jabborov was not a member of al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

Interrogators suspected he was possibly affiliated to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and had only become involved in arms after he was conscripted in his own country.

The short report said he claimed to be an agent for the Uzbekistan Intelligence Agency and had been co-operative throughout his time at the Cuban outpost.

American forces decided to keep him behind bars not because he had committed any offences, or was linked to them, but because his military training made him useful to terrorist groups.

“[The] detainee has had some level of combatant training and has skills and the capability to participate in or support terrorism,” the secret report said.

The report, dated January 2004, said during his two years in the military he had low-level training in small arms, first aid and tactics.

“Based on information collected and available to Joint Task Force Guantanamo as of December 2003 detainee (ID number 452) is assessed as neither being a member of al-Qaeda nor a Taliban leader, but possibly an IMU member.

“Moreover, based on the detainee’s folder, the knowledgeability brief, and subsequent interrogations by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the detainee is of low intelligence value to the US,” the report said.

Despite the document being based on the vague possibility of Mr Jabbarov joining an unspecified terrorist group, the US military decided to continue classifying him as a enemy combatant. It recommended he be transferred to a prison run by another government. This was supported by the American Criminal Investigative Task Force in January 2004.

It was not until 2007 that he was cleared for release.

It was another two years before the new administration in Washington began to have success in relocating prisoners following President Barack Obama’s failed policy of closing the camp.

As part of thisMr Jabbarov moved here in September 2009.

After he was conscripted into the army Mr Jabbarov told interrogators he moved to neighbouring Tajikistan.

When war broke out in 1997 he was sent to Afghanistan

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