Former Guantánamo Bay Inmate, Ibrahim Idris, Dies at 60

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GUANTÁNAMO BAY — Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, A 60-year-old Sudanese man who was among the first detained at the Guantánamo Bay military prison in 2002, died on Wednesday in Port Sudan.

At the time of his death, Idris was confined to his mother’s home in Port Sudan, extremely sick. A lawyer declared his death as a result of “medical complications he had from Guantánamo.” He was said to have been tortured at the Guantánamo US Naval Base.

Idris was released by the Obama administration after he was determined to be too mentally impaired to ever pose a threat to the United States. In 2013 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. A habeas corpus filing said he was morbidly obese and suffered from diabetes and circulatory issues.

Idris’s fellow inmates were reportedly bothered by his numerous episodes in which he would laugh for no reason, sing at random, and wear his underwear on his head.

In 2011, a formerly classified JTF-GTMO Detainee Assessment on Idris was released via WikiLeaks. The document described him as a high risk inmate and a former training camp doctor for Al-Qaeda. Idris was captured as he fled from the Battle of Tora Bora three months after the 9/11 attack. U.S. Military Intelligence originally suspected him to be a member of Osama Bin Laden’s security detail, according to a 2008 profile.

The Detainee Assessment marked his health as ‘fair,” effectively emitting his health issues that were later revealed in his habeas filing.

Medical records showed Idris spent long periods housed in the prison’s behavioral health unit.

A portion of Idris’s Detainee Assessment file (PHOTO: Department of Defense / WikiLeaks)

“Given how ill he was, it was clear that at home with his family was where he would receive the best care,” said Ian Moss, a former State Department diplomat. Moss helped arrange for Idris’s transfer to his mother’s home in Sudan. He could’ve been returned to the facility due to Sudan’s placement on the Sponsor of Terrorism list.

Idris was among the 20 men pictured in the now-famous Navy Photograph of inmates shackled in a barbed wire pen at Camp X-Ray, a temporary open-air holding facility at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay.

Idris was among the 20 men pictured in the now-famous Navy Photograph of inmates shackled in a barbed wire pen at Camp X-Ray (PHOTO: Shane T. McCoy / US Navy)

Another former Sudanese prisoner, Sami al-Haj who now works for Al-Jazeera, says Idris was never married and was never able to get a job.

“Ibrahim lost his mind due to severe torture in Gitmo.” he said, using the prison’s short-name.

Al-Haj added U.S. Military officials believed Idris “would give some valuable information under torture.”

Mike Howard, a Defense Department spokesperson, declined to directly comment on the allegations of Idris’s torture, saying “Torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment is prohibited for all U.S. personnel in all locations.”

“[All] credible allegations of abuse are thoroughly investigated, and those who failed to adhere to these treatment standards have and will continue to be held accountable.” he finished.

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