Rendition Mission: N308AB, 23-28 August 2004


N308AB, 23-28 August 2004

Laid Saidi’s rendition to Algeria

Gulfstream IV, operated by Prime Jet

Route: Washington Dulles – Prague – Constanta – Rabat – Dubai – Kabul – Amman – Algiers – Tenerife – Washington Dulles

Documents previously released by Reprieve show how on 9-10 June 2004 the CIA made an abortive attempt to render Laid Saidi from a black site in Afghanistan to Tunisia, on the mistaken belief that he was Tunisian. When Tunisian security officials discovered the error, he was flown back to Afghanistan.

Laid Saidi’s next rendition occurred, according to his own account, 75 days after he had been returned to Afghanistan – in other words, around 24 Aug. 2004. At this time, he said, he was flown from the prison in Afghanistan to Algeria:

His captors gave him the pair of white shoes he still has. The flight took about 10 or 12 hours, and when the plane landed, he said, he was turned over to Algerian intelligence officials. They held him for a few days, then bought him some clothes, gave him a small sum of money and drove him to a bus stop in the Algiers neighborhood of Bir Khadem.

Data from EuroControl confirms that a Gulfstream IV, with tailnumber N308AB, operated by Prime Jet, flew from Kabul to Algiers via Amman on 26 Aug. 2004. Flight plans show it leaving Kabul at 13:19, pausing for nearly 90 mins in Amman, and arriving in Algiers at 00:50 that night – a total of eleven and a half hours. The plane then returned to Washington Dulles via Tenerife.

Before this leg of the mission, N308AB had flown from Romania to Morocco in the night of 24-25 Aug. It then changed direction and proceeded to Kabul, stopping in Dubai on the way.

The mission was contracted by CSC as task 5 of subcontract S1007312. Air Marketing, the New York broker which organised this flight, charged $388,037 in total for 52.2 flying hours and other costs. The invoice notes that this was a “Government trip”. In total, CSC paid $437,410 for the round trip. This included extra costs for landing fees, overflight permits, clearances, navigation charges, parking, garbage disposal and airport overtime fees.

Planning services for the mission were provided by BaseOps.