Last UK Guantanamo Prisoner to be Released

shakeraamerShaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is to be released, a British Government spokesman said.

The US government has notified the UK authorities that it now intends to return Mr Aamer to Britain.

“The Government has regularly raised Mr Aamer’s case with the US authorities and we support President (Barack) Obama’s commitment to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay,” the spokesman said.

“In terms of next steps, we understand that the US Government has notified Congress of this decision and once that notice period has been concluded, Mr Aamer will be returned to the UK.”

 

Mr Aamer, 46, a Saudi national, was originally detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

He was subsequently transferred to Guantanamo Bay where he has been held without charge.

His release is expected to take place once the 30 day notice period set by the US authorities has expired

, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is to be released, a British Government spokesman said.

The US government has notified the UK authorities that it now intends to return Mr Aamer to Britain.

“The Government has regularly raised Mr Aamer’s case with the US authorities and we support President (Barack) Obama’s commitment to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay,” the spokesman said.

“In terms of next steps, we understand that the US Government has notified Congress of this decision and once that notice period has been concluded, Mr Aamer will be returned to the UK.”

 

Mr Aamer, 46, a Saudi national, was originally detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

He was subsequently transferred to Guantanamo Bay where he has been held without charge.

His release is expected to take place once the 30 day notice period set by the US authorities has expired

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