Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov
Moyuballah Homaro or Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov is a citizen of Tajikistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. According to the Department of Defense, he was born on October 6, 1980, in Alisurkhan, Tajikistan. His Internment Serial Number was 729.
Capture and Guantanamo detention
Umarov traveled to Pakistan, as a refugee from Tajikistan's civil war, in 1994, where he finished his education. In May 2001, when he graduated, a new Tajikistan government gave him a passport. Umarov returned to Pakistan, seeking work, on his legitimate passport. He was caught up in round up of foreigners following Pakistan's first suicide bombing, in May 2002. Pakistan handed him over to the Americans, and he spent several months in Bagram, and two years in Afghanistan.
When Umarov was eventually released from Guantanamo the Americans did not return his passport. Instead they gave him a letter saying they no longer regarded him as a threat. Umarov says this letter, and his lack of real identity documents is a constant source of threats to his safety.
Umarov spent several months under primitive and brutal conditions in an American prison in Bagram airport.
- "In two months at bagram, Umarov says, he had only one interrogation -- with an American woman who questioned him in Persian [sic] and seemed confused as to why he was there. 'We were along in the room,' he says. 'She checked my documents and listened to my answers, then told me I wasn't guilty.'..."
Nevertheless Umarov, Abdughaffor and Mazharuddin, the two other Tajik men he was captured with, were sent to Guantanamo in early August 2002.
- The Man Who Has Been to America: One Guantanamo detainee's story, Mother Jones, September/October 2006 issue
- list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006