07ASTANA1644, KAZAKHSTAN: TREATMENT OF RETURNED GUANTANAMO

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07ASTANA1644 2007-06-15 09:02 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0003
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1644 1660902
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 150902Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9805

S E C R E T ASTANA 001644 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR S/WCI (M. STAMILIO), S/WCI (A. MORRISON), L/PM 
(AHAINES), SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA), L/HRR, DRL/MLGA (K. 
MCGREENEY), DRL/NESCA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/14/2017 
TAGS: PTER KAWC PHUM PREL PINR KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: TREATMENT OF RETURNED GUANTANAMO 
DETAINEES TO KAZAKHSTAN 
 
REF: A. STATE 63758 
     B. 06 ASTANA 814 
 
Classified By: Amb. John Ordway, reasons 1.4 (B) 
and (D). 
 
1. (S)  Post has no reason to believe that the three 
Kazakhstanis returned from Guantanamo Bay have been 
mistreated by Kazakhstani authorities.  Based on the GOK's 
overall record of excellent counterterrorism cooperation, we 
judge that the GOK is capable of receiving the final detainee 
if he is approved for release.  Whether or not the GOK agrees 
to accept the return of the final detainee may depend on if 
they receive the additional information they have requested 
on the four Kazakhstanis that were/are detained. 
 
2.  (S)  The Kazakhstanis have stated that they have no plans 
to prosecute the three returned detainees absent additional 
information of their "guilt" from the U.S.  The only 
additional information Post currently has on the three 
returned detainees is derived from open press reports.  The 
Kazakhstani press has reported interviews with the three 
repatriated detainees or members of their immediate family. 
From the press reports, it appears that all three returned 
detainees are living and working freely in Kazakhstan.  The 
press has not reported any indication of mistreatment by the 
Kazakhstani authorities and there is no report of any of the 
detainees being investigated or prosecuted locally or having 
been detained in Kazakhstan.  Post is not aware of the steps 
that have been taken by the Government of Kazakhstan to 
reduce any threat these individuals pose. 
 
3.  (S)  Post is unable to discuss this matter with 
international NGOs in Kazakhstan without creating tension in 
the bilateral relationship.  Kazakhstani authorities closely 
watch NGOs and would most certainly be aware of any embassy 
query into the matter.  If post were to unilaterally 
investigate the issue without officially approaching the 
Government of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstanis would likely be 
see this as an effort by the U.S. to go "behind their backs" 
to gather such information in order to acquire derogatory 
information on the Government of Kazakhstan.  The only way 
for post to actively gather information about the returned 
detainees is by officially requesting the information first 
from the Kazakhstani government. 
 
4.  (S)  Comment:  The Kazakhstanis have informed post on 
numerous occasions that in order to justify monitoring the 
detainees, they request  additional incriminating details on 
the transferred detainees (Ref B).  Post believes that 
sharing additional details would not only facilitate positive 
control of the detainees by local authorities, but would also 
make it easier to reach agreement if and when the final 
detainee is approved for release and transfer.  End comment. 
ORDWAY

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