Shaker Aamer, Britain’s last detainee at Guantanamo Bay is set to be released.
This follows 13 years of detention, without a trial at the notorious base in Cuba, after he was seized in February 2002.
It follows years of legal battles, with Aamer finally being told by the Barack Obama administration that he will be free in 30 days, and able to come home to the UK.
Aamer has a wife and four children waiting for him in the UK, and is originally Saudi born, but married a British woman.
He has alleged that not only has he been treated in a way that breaches his human rights while detained, but that the British government were complicit in both his arrest and subsequent treatment.
He will be able to remain in the UK upon his release, with his lawyer claiming:
British politicians may bombasticate about our ‘robust and effective systems to deal with suspected terrorists’ but Shaker is not and never has been a terrorist, and has been cleared by the Americans themselves for eight years.Advertisement
I hope the authorities will understand that he has been tortured and abused for more than a decade, and what he wants most is to be left alone with his family to start rebuilding his life.