USA: Who are the Guantánamo detainees? Case Sheet 22: Saifullah Paracha
When Saifullah Paracha, aged 60, arrived at Bangkok airport on 6 July 2003 for a business meeting, he was seized and later transferred by US authorities to Bagram, Afghanistan where he was held for over a year before being transferred to Guantánamo in September 2004. US authorities have asserted that he is affiliated with al-Qaida. Amnesty International is calling for the release of Saifullah Paracha unless charged and tried in accordance with international standards of fairness in a civilian court. They are also calling for the closure of the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.