Mehdi Ghezali

Guantanamo Bay Detainee
Born Jul 5, 1979

Mehdi Muhammed Ghezali, in media previously known as the Cuba-Swede, is a Swedish citizen of Algerian and Finnish descent who was held as what the United States termed an unlawful combatant at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba between January 2002 and July 2004. Prior to his capture Ghezali attended a Muslim religious school and mosque in the United Kingdom before travelling to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and finally ended up in Pakistan where he was captured.… Read More

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1979 Birth Born on July 5, 1979.


1999 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He finished secondary studies in 1999 and trained as a welder. … Read More
2000 21 Years Old Ghezali and his partner were released from prison on 12 June 2000 after having spent 10 months in a Portuguese prison without being charged, and returned to Sweden. … Read More
2001 22 Years Old He then travelled to Pakistan in the summer of 2001 in order to study at one of the madrasahs situated there. … Read More
2002 23 Years Old In December 2002 Pakistan withdrew all charges against Ghezali in connection with his arrest at the Afghan border. … Read More
2004 25 Years Old After being held as an enemy combatant for 930 days Ghezali was released into the custody of the Swedish government on 8 July 2004 since he was no longer considered a threat to the United States, since he had no information that was of interest to the American Intelligence Service and since he had not committed a crime which could be proven in a military court. … Read More
2006 27 Years Old On 4 July 2006, Ghezali made his first public appearance since his release at a demonstration held outside the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. … Read More


On 10 September 2009, the Swedish television programme Rapport reported that Ghezali was among a group of twelve foreign citizens who had been arrested one week earlier in the Dera Ghazi Khan District in Punjab, Pakistan, on suspicions of having ties to al-Qaeda. … Read More
2012 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2012 a day after the Burgas bus bombing Bulgarian media reported that Ghezali was the suicide bomber. … Read More
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