Innocent Guantanamo prisoner will be freed after thirteen years

This video from the USA is called Free at Last- Martin Luther King, Jr.

This music video is called PJ Harvey-Shaker Aamer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Freedom at last

Saturday 26th September 2015

Shaker Aamer cleared for release after 13 years in Guantanamo

AFTER 13 years of unimaginable torment, torture and abuse, it was finally confirmed yesterday that the last Briton in Guantanamo Shaker Aamer is to be released.

Mr Aamer, who has been held without charge or trial and who has twice been cleared for release by the US authorities, continued to languish in the US gulag despite an international campaign to secure his freedom.

During this time he suffered lengthy periods in solitary confinement and almost daily beatings.

Hopes had initially been raised earlier this year following a cross-party parliamentary delegation to the US that Mr Aamer could be released in June, but as this deadline elapsed fears grew once more for his mental and physical well-being.

But the Foreign Office officially confirmed that he was to be returned to Britain to at long last be united with his wife and children, the youngest of whom he has never seen.

British resident Mr Aamer, 46, who is a Saudi national, was originally detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

He was sold to the US for a bounty and detained first in the infamous Bagram airbase detention facility before being transferred to Guantanamo.

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

Mr Aamer’s lawyer and director of legal action charity Reprieve Clive Stafford Smith said: “This is great news, albeit about 13 years too late.

“But they only just gave notice to Congress, so that means that without robust intervention Shaker and his family have to wait until October 25 at the earliest for their reunion.

“The UK must demand President Obama that he should be on a plane tomorrow, so that Shaker’s family do not have to endure more of the agony of waiting, uncertain every time a phone rings.

“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.

“I hope the authorities will understand that what he wants most is to be left alone with his family to start rebuilding his life.”

Jeremy Corbyn, who has long campaigned for Mr Aamer’s release, said he was “very pleased” to hear about Mr Aamer.

He said: “We must recognise the steadfastness of his family and the commitment of all those who joined this campaign, whether they lobbied their MPs or demonstrated on the streets outside Parliament against this clear injustice.

Save Shaker Aamer Campaign chair Joy Hurcombe, who has tirelessly campaigned for his release, told the Star: “Let’s hope the terrible ordeal for Shaker will finally come to an end. He has suffered so much gross injustice. We must now make sure that Shaker is able to have the time to recover from all his years of isolation and torture without too much media intrusion.”

Shaker Aamer family call on US not to delay freeing him from Guantánamo. Washington says Saudi translator, married to a Briton, will be released, but his lawyers and friends worry process may be dragged out for months: here.

Update: here.

SHAKER AAMER fears that he will never be released from Guantanamo Bay — despite the Obama administration setting his date of freedom for Sunday. The last British detainee in the US military prison in Cuba added yesterday that he was not getting his hopes up as he had been promised release before: here.

Mohammed el Gharani, one of the youngest detainees in Guantánamo history, is sharing his story. (Read more here)

10 thoughts on “Innocent Guantanamo prisoner will be freed after thirteen years

  1. Saturday 26th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    Aamer’s release long overdue

    THIS paper welcomes the news that Shaker Aamer will be released from the US’s Guantanamo Bay torture chamber with utter joy, relief and gratitude.

    Gratitude not for the disgraceful officials who are only now, after 13 interminable years, releasing this innocent man to his family, but gratitude for all the people who have demanded Shaker’s release and ensured that he could never be forgotten.

    There are far too many to name, so many acts taken by people who see the essential injustice in a person being banged up for no reason and subjected to the most inhumane treatment. But a specific mention is very much deserved by the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign for its tireless work.

    Our fight must continue, however, for the dozens still locked away in the US gulag — the only threat they pose is to US and British claims to be law-abiding governments with any respect for human dignity.


  2. Monday 5th October 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    by Our News Desk

    THE last British resident held in Guantanamo Bay has said he is being subjected to physical abuse and fears he will not make it out alive, it was reported yesterday.

    Shaker Aamer has warned his wife and children in London that he may die in captivity. He is currently on hunger strike in protest at abuse by his guards, according to a Sunday newspaper.

    The 46-year-old is to set to be freed after being held without charge for more than 13 years.

    He cannot be released immediately because of an arbitrary 30-day notice period imposed by the US Congress.

    “I know there are people who do not want me ever to see the sun again,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

    “It means nothing that they have signed papers, as anything can happen before I get out. So if I die, it will be the full responsibility of the Americans.”

    Mr Aamer has made a series of allegations about torture and abuse at the military prison in the US outpost on Cuban soil.

    He is said to be on hunger strike after allegedly being assaulted by guards and forced to give blood samples.

    Mr Aamer described being held in a freezing-cold aircraft hangar during the bitter Afghan winter.

    He also claims a British intelligence officer was present when his head was repeatedly slammed against a wall by US interrogators.

    Two years ago, Mr Aamer submitted a witness statement to the Metropolitan Police detailing his ordeal, the Mail on Sunday said.

    Mr Aamer reportedly told detectives he was “abused by the US military from the day I arrived.”


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