Jamil El-Banna is a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian descent. He was born in 1962 in Jericho, Palestine. In February 1994, El-Banna obtained refugee status in the United Kingdom. In 2002, while on a business trip to Gambia, he and a friend, Bisher Al-Rawi, were arrested by the CIA and transferred to Bagram, Afghanistan. In March 2003, El-Banna was transported to Guantanamo, and held there until his transfer to the U.K. on December 19, 2007. He currently lives in London with his family.