Detainee 1433: Yunus Rehmatullah
Yunus Rehmatullah hails from a village near Quetta, Balochistan. In 2004 he traveled to Iraq to find work. In early 2005, he was captured by UK forces in the outskirts of Baghdad. He was then handed over to the U.S. military who sent him first to Abu Ghuraib prison before rendering him to Bagram.
While in detention, Yunus’ health has gravely deteriorated. He has shown signs of depression and his knee was operated on for no apparent reason. His family is very worried for his health and safety. They have been in touch with Yunus since 2009, through letters, calls and video conferences organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Yunus Rehmatullah is a party to the petition filed by JPP in October 2010 before the Lahore High Court. Yunus has been repeatedly cleared for transfer to Pakistan by the Detainee Review Board, a panel of military officers which recommends a detainee for continued internment at Bagram, prosecution by the home country, mandatory participation in a reintegration program or release. On January 20th 2012, Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commence negotiations for the return of Yunus and six other Pakistanis. On October 31, 2012 the UK Supreme Court held his detention to be in violation of international law. To this day, he remains in U.S. custody not knowing whether he will ever return to Pakistan.