07ASTANA1192, KAZAKHSTAN: INTERIM RESPONSE ON ADMINISTRATIVE

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07ASTANA1192 2007-05-02 10:24 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0003
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1192 1221024
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 021024Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9345

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001192 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR S/WCI (C. HARMS AND S. MUBANGU), SCA/CEN (M. 
O'MARA) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/30/2017 
TAGS: PHUM PINR PTER KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INTERIM RESPONSE ON ADMINISTRATIVE 
REVIEW BOARD PROCEEDINGS 
 
REF: A. STATE 40239 
     B. 06 ASTANA 814 
 
Classified By: DCM Kevin Milas, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D). 
 
1. (C) In response to Ref A instructions, post notified 
Ualikhan Saginkhanov of the MFA's Consular Department on 
April 5 that the final Kazakhstani detainee at Guantanamo, 
Abdulrakhim Kerimbakiyev, would soon be considered by an 
Administrative Review Board for release, transfer, or 
continued detention. Post also conveyed the unclassified 
information regarding the ARB process and deadlines by 
diplomatic note No. 0212/07. 
 
2. (C) On April 30, Saginkhanov requested a meeting with 
Pol-Econ Chief to hand over the MFA's response in the form of 
diplomatic note No. 4-13-1-1/3365, dated April 28, 2007. 
Informal post translation follows: 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States 
of America in the Republic of Kazakhstan and, in response to 
the Embassy's note No. 0212/07 of April 5, 2007, has the 
honor to report that at the present time, the Ministry is 
working to establish contact with the relatives of D. I. 
Kerimbakiyev in order to inform them of the possibility of 
appeal to the Administrative Review Board regarding the 
continued detention or release and transfer of the 
above-named detainee at the U.S. military base on Guantanamo. 
 
If circumstances do not prevent it, the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan will immediately inform 
the Embassy of the United States in the Republic of 
Kazakhstan about the results its contact with the relatives 
of D. I. Kerimbakiyev and the processing of their appeal to 
the Administrative Review Board of the above-named citizen. 
 
At the same time, the Ministry, in accordance with bilateral 
agreements, again requests that the American side send the 
Kazakshtani side materials regarding the circumstances of the 
capture in Afghanistan of Kazakshtani citizens D.I. 
Kerimbakiyev, A.T. Arupov, and A.B. Abykhanov, testimony 
during questioning, and any other information confirming 
their involvement in terrorist activity. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of 
the United States of America in the Republic of Kazakhstan 
the assurances of its highest consideration. 
 
Astana, April 28, 2007 
 
End text. 
 
3. (C) Saginkhanov said that the MFA had omited Ilkham 
Batayev (ISN 084) from the diplomatic note because it had 
received additional information on him (from unspecified 
source) subsequent to the transfer.  He stressed that 
Kazakhstani law enforcement authorities needed additional 
information regarding the other three detainees' activities 
in Afghanistan in order to justify efforts to monitor their 
activities.  While at present there are no restrictions on 
the men's freedom of movement or association, the GOK 
believed that the detainees might still work with lawyers to 
challenge the legality of the GOK's actions to date. 
 
4. (C) Comment:  Given the consistency and vehemence of the 
Kazakhstani message regarding the need for additional 
incriminating details on the transferred detainees (Ref B), 
post believes that sharing additional details would be a 
valuable gesture that would make it easier to reach agreement 
if and when Kerimbakiyev is approved for release and 
transfer.  End comment. 
ORDWAY

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