Monday, February 3, 2014


Mohd Farik Bin Amin

ISN: 10021
Nationality: Malaysian

The following is a summary of the allegations against Zubair found in publicly available US military documents. If US military documents about this prisoner are inaccurate or misleading then this summary will be as well. The introduction to this set of summaries explains some of the terms used below.  

Zubair’s DAB says he is a member of JI and Al Qaeda. Zubair told US interrogators he trained at Al Qaeda’s Al Faruq training camp. JI and Al Qaeda member Masran Bin Arshad said that he (Arshad) was chosen to participate in a plan to attack “the tallest building in California” in the “West Coast Airliners Plot.” Arshad said that Zubair was part of the planned attack as well. Zubair said he discussed the plot with KSM. Zubair said that Hambali told him he was chosen for the plot because Arabs would have trouble operating in the US after 9/11.

Zubair said that the plot was cancelled because Arshad was arrested. Arshad said that the plot was cancelled because Richard Reid had exposed al Qaeda’s method of operation for the west coast plot. Zubair said that he was afraid Arshad would tell the authorities of others involved in the plot. As a result he traveled with Lillie to a different hotel every few days.

Zubair’s DAB says he transported 50,000 dollars to be used to fund JI’s August 2003 bombing of the Mariott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. The attack on the Mariott killed 12 people.

Zubair said Hambali sent him to case an Israeli airline in March or April 2002. Zubair said he decided on his own to case the Israeli embassy. Zubair said he attempted to purchase a missile from a contact in Cambodia. Zubair’s DAB says that he scouted the US and British Embassies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Out of all of the plots Zubair is alleged to have participated in (in his DAB), only the Mariott bombing actually took place.

Zubair was arrested after leaving a bookstore in Thailand. He was sent to Guantanamo in September 2006. He is a High Value Detainee and is held in a separate section of Guantanamo away from the general inmate population. Zubair was recommended for prosecution by Obama’s Guantanamo task force in January 2010. 

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