Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba, arrives back in the UK after 13 years of detention during which time he was never charged. Mana Rabiee reports.
Last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay flies back to UK
After 13 years in detention Saudi national Shaker Aamer is home in England.
The last British resident held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. prison camp in Cuba was flown into a small airfield in Kent southeast of London Friday.
The rights group Reprieve says Aamer, who’s married to a British woman, was in Afghanistan doing voluntary work for an Islamic charity in 2001.
That’s when they say he was captured by Afghan Northern Alliance forces and handed over to the U.S. military, which suspected him of being an Islamist militant associated with al Qaeda and sent him to Guantanamo.
But Aamer was never charged with any crime and was cleared for release by the U.S. back in 2007… but never freed until now.
Activists had been lobbying for his release and a few well-wishers were at the airfield to welcome Aamer home.
Most Guantanamo detainees have been held without trial for over a decade and Amnesty International is calling for an independent inquiry into Aamer’s treatment during his detention.