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NCIS Report (Death): 22DEC07-24IZ-0236-7HMA; Thair Hamid Khalaf Hassan Alwani, Combat Outpost (COP) Manion, Iraq, December 22, 2007

Feb. 3, 2008 | NCIS | ACLU-RDI 5776
This is an NCIS investigation of the death of an Thair Hamid Khalaf Hassan Alwani, Iraqi detainee who died in the custody of the Military Transition Team (MiTT) on December 22, 2007 while being transported from Combat Outpost (COP) Manion to the Camp Fallujah Regional Detention Facility (RFD), Iraq. This file contains: 1) Report of Investigation, (Interim, Feb. 3, 2008); 2) Report of Investigation, (Interim, Jan. 5, 2008); 3) Report of Investigation, (Interim, Jan. 4, 2008); and 4) Investigative Action: Death Scene Examination, (Dec. 25, 2007). It is reported that while being transported, Mr. Alwani grabbed the M-4 rifle of the soldier guarding him, caused a round to be fired and was then shot multiple times by the soldier, who resorted to using his handgun. Mr. Alwani was pronounced dead at the scene. This file includes the Sworn Statement of the interpreter in the vehicle transporting Mr. Alwani. The interpreter stated that Mr. Alwani was repeatedly told to sit up straight, but kept leaning towards the soldier. The interpreter states that when he looked away for a moment, there was a gunshot. He turned to where the detainee & soldier were sitting and saw the soldier with "his left hand up in front of his face in a defensive position with his right hand holding his handgun close to his waist" yell and then shoot three to five rounds. The interpreter further stated that the soldier was "visibly upset" after the shooting. A death scene examination confirmed that "five shots were fired from a 9mm pistol and one shot was fired from an M-4 rifle."