Wazir (Bagram captive, 2002)

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Haji Wazir is a citizen of Afghanistan who was captured in Pakistan in 2002, and held since then in extrajudicial detention in the United States' Bagram Theater internment facility.[1] He is notable because he is one of the very few captives in Bagram who has had a writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf.[2][3]

According to Lal Gul, chairman of the Afghan Human Rights Organization, Haji Wazir: "is not a commander, not a member of the Taliban or al-Qaeda. He is a businessman."[2]

Wazir is one of the sixteen Guantanamo captives whose amalgamated habeas corpus submissions were heard by US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton on January 31, 2007.[4]

On June 29, 2009 US District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled that Wazir, unlike non-Afghans held in Bagram, was not entitled to pursue his habeas corpus petition.[5] The Guardian reported that Wazir was apprehended in the United Arab Emirates.


  1. "Overreach at Bagram". Washington Post. 2009-01-07. p. A14. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/06/AR2009010601908.html?sub=AR. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Del Quentin Wilber (2008-06-29). "In Courts, Afghanistan Air Base May Become Next Guantanamo". Washington Post. p. A14. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/28/AR2008062801638_pf.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  3. Lyle Denniston (2009-01-07). "Analysis: Some overseas extension of habeas?". Scotusblog. http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/analysis-some-overseas-extension-of-habeas/. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  4. Reggie B. Walton (January 31, 2007). "Gherebi, et al. v. Bush". United States Department of Justice. http://www.pegc.us/archive/In_re_Gitmo/order_RBW_20070131.pdf. Retrieved May 19, 2007. 
  5. Nedra Pickler (2009-06-29). "Judge denies Afghan's challenge to detention". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8583470. Retrieved 2009-06-29.