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Guide to the Baher Azmy Papers, 1986-2007 and undated

Abstract

Professor of law at Seton Hall University and attorney representing Guantánamo detainee Murat Kurnaz.

The Baher Azmy Papers span the years 1986-2007 and document Azmy's efforts for the writ of habeas corpus and the release and repatriation of his client Murat Kurnaz, a citizen of Turkey and permanent resident of Germany who was held in extra-judicial detention by the U.S. military at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The material documents Baher Azmy's legal motions and public efforts for writ of habeas corpus and the release and repatriation of his client, Mr. Kurnaz. Legal papers are composed of filings and petitions; correspondence comprises letters from and to Baher Azmy, Murat Kurnaz, his family and friends, diplomatic officials and U.S. government offices; writings include Azmy's personal notes pertaining to the case and notes of his interviews with Murat Kurnaz; press clippings consist of media coverage regarding the Murat Kurnaz case in the U.S. and German press. Also includes electronic files of legal documents, notes, media releases, and correspondence. Materials are chiefly in English, but there are German and Arabic items, some of which are translated.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Azmy, Baher.
Title
Baher Azmy papers, 1986-2007 and undated
Language of Material
English, German
Extent
1.8 Linear Feet, 1,125 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Baher Azmy Papers span the years 1986-2007, and consist of legal papers, correspondence, writings and press clippings. Materials pertain to the 2001 arrest in Pakistan of Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany Murat Kurnaz, and his subsequent detention at the U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan and eventually at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. His detention was related to the Bush administration's responses to the September 11, 2001 air attacks in the U.S. He was released in 2006 and became the first former Guantánamo detainee to testify before Congress in 2008 about his experiences of detention, including military abuse and interrogation. The papers consist almost exclusively of written documents with the exception of a few printed images, and electronic files of legal documents, notes, media releases, and correspondence. The material documents Baher Azmy's legal motions and public efforts for writ of habeas corpus and the release and repatriation of his client, Mr. Kurnaz. Legal papers are composed of filings and petitions; correspondence comprises letters from and to Baher Azmy, Murat Kurnaz, his family and friends, diplomatic officials and U.S. government offices; writings include Azmy's personal notes pertaining to the case and notes of his interviews with Murat Kurnaz; press clippings consist of media coverage regarding the Murat Kurnaz case in the U.S. and German press. There are also several files concerning the religious group Jama¯at Tapli¯k (sometimes referred to as Jama'at al-Tabligh or Tablighi Jamaat). While the Baher Azmy papers contain material chiefly in English, the collection also holds German language materials, some of which are not translated into English. There is only one document written in Arabic to which an English translation is attached. Collection folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title within each box.

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Contents of the Collection

Administrative Review Board (ARB) proceedings
Box 1
Attorney-client private motion
Box 1
Azmy correspondence to Murat and government and news clippings
Box 1
Azmy v. Department of Defense (DoD) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - challenged documents
Box 1
Complaint, FOIA/Kurnaz
Box 1
Correspondence and documents from Murat Kurnaz and Rami Ben Saad Al Utaybi
Box 1
Detention of Murat Kurnaz and other case files of Guantánamo detainees I-II
(2 folders)
Box 1
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
Box 1
Kurnaz client note 2005 July 23
Box 1
Kurnaz correspondence 2006 Feb. 2
Box 1
Kurnaz declassified documents - interview notes, letters
Box 1
Kurnaz - Filings (M. Kurnaz and R. Kurnaz v. Bush, Rumsfeld, Hood, Cannon)
Box 1
Kurnaz interview notes
Box 1
Kurnaz motion for preliminary injunction (PI) and exhibits
Box 1
Petition for habeas corpus and Azmy's notes on meetings with German and Turkish diplomats
Box 1
Administrative Review Board (ARB) materials and submissions
Box 2
Appointment of counsel motion and order
Box 2
Counsel access procedures
Box 2
Court orders (J. Green)
Box 2
Declassification request
Box 2
Defendant's motion for summary judgment
Box 2
German affidavits and interrogation, translated
Box 2
Government's consolidated opposition and exhibits
Box 2
Government's response re: Murat
Box 2
Habeas submission, key documents
Box 2
Kurnaz transition memos
Box 2
Materials sent to Turkey
Box 2
Other Turkish detainees
Box 2
Photos from Germany trip, 2005 Spring
Box 2
Re: Defendant's motion for summary judgment
Box 2
Second declaration of David M. Hardy
Box 2
Azmy's research notes on Jama¯at Tapli¯k (religious apolitical group)
Box 3
Azmy's research on Jama¯at Tapli¯k
Box 3
Defendant's motion for summary judgment I-II
(2 folders)
Box 3
Electronic Records, 2004-2008

Electronic files of legal documents, correspondence, research notes, publicity and media documents, memos from U.S. and German officials, and other material pertaining to Azmy's defense of Murat Kurnaz.

Box 3
Experts on Jama¯at Tapli¯k
Box 3
Review of Combatant Status Review Board re: Kurnaz I-IV
(4 folders)
Box 3

Historical Note

Baher Azmy is an Egyptian-American lawyer and Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School Center for Social Justice, specializing in constitutional law. Azmy gained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Aside from his academic pursuits, he takes pro bono publico cases. He took on the high-profile case of Guantánamo detainee Murat Kurnaz in July 2004. He is one of the first attorneys who were allowed to visit the Camp Delta military detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Azmy discussed legal concerns and human rights issues regarding the status of and practices in Guantánamo in various national and international academic and human rights platforms, also testifying before Congress. Some of his publications include Epilogue to Murat Kurnaz Five Years of My Life (Palgrave) 2008, Rasul v. Bush and the Intra-Territorial Constitution, 62 N. Y. U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 369 (2007), "Symposium Foreword: Guantánamo: How Should We Respond," 37 Seton Hall. L. Rev. 685 (2007).

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Baher Azmy Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Baher Azmy Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Yektan Turkyilmaz, September 2009

Encoded by Yektan Turkyilmaz, September 2009

Accession 2009-0125 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.