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2 November 2015 - Shaker Aamer's release from Guantanamo Bay

Publié par Marion Coste le 11/02/2015

Shaker Aamer 'To Seek Compensation' After Release From Guantanamo Bay Prison

Sarah Ann Harris (The Huffington Post)


Shaker Aamer is reportedly set to take legal action against the Government following his release.
Amir, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is marking his first full day of freedom back in Britain after being held for 13 years without charge at the US military facility in Cuba.
It is understood the father of four, who is receiving treatment in hospital, has already been reunited with his wife Zin.
He is due to meet his children this weekend, including youngest son Faris, who was born on day Aamer arrived at the notorious US military prison.

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Release

Shaker Aamer feared food may have been 'poisoned' by American captors on returning flight to UK
Jamie Bullen (The Evening Standard)
Mr Aamer, 48, whose family are from Battersea, arrived back in the UK on Friday by private jet after he was finally freed from the detention centre after nearly 14 years in captivity.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Dr David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist who has campaigned in support of detainees at the US base, said Mr Aamer didn't eat or drink anything while he was in the air in case it had been spiked by his captors.
Dr Nicholl, the first doctor to see Mr Aamer on his return, also revealed to the paper a private London hospital refused to treat the father-of-four days before he was due to return.
He told the Mail on Sunday: "The psychological impact of what he’s been through is going to be at least as big as the physical one. He really has been to hell and back.’
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Role of Britain

Shaker Aamer's Guantánamo detention is a shameful episode for Britain
Richard Norton-Taylor (The Guardian)
Shaker Aamer’s return home is the final act in one of the most shameful and ugly episodes in the history of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies. Ministers, including Jack Straw, foreign secretary at the time, still have a lot to answer for.
MI6, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence were all dismayed when the Pentagon first flaunted the orange-suited prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. It was a propaganda gift to al-Qaida and their sympathisers, and encouraged much wider opposition to the US, and the west in general, in the Muslim world, British officials have privately admitted.
They said they were surprised by the US policy of secretly flying detainees to black prisons around the world in a series of “extraordinary renditions”, as they were called, and indulging in vicious abuse and torture. Aamer was one of a number of British residents – another was Binyam Mohamed – who were abused at the US base at Bagram, Afghanistan, before being flown to Guantánamo Bay.
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Muslim population in Britain

Shaker Aamer is returning to a very different UK - one that can be its own prison for Muslims
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (The Independent)
Waiting at Biggin Hill airport on Friday was a solemn white man holding a square placard. On it were two hearts and a handwritten message in black and orange: “Welcome Home Shaker Aamer”. The last British resident held in Guantanamo Bay is now free. Campaigners and lawyers fought a sustained campaign to get him released. It is not a victory – how can it be when so many others remain in that heart of US darkness? It is an affirmation of virtue: a just cause, which shows that borderless compassion and morality can, occasionally, prevail.
Among those who fought indefatigably for this Muslim prisoner were white people, including some good Christians. He is a conservative Muslim, I am a modernist. I suspect our values would clash vehemently. But a diabolical and unjust system violated his human rights and that matters more than any differences between us.
Aamer’s legal team tells us he is in “terrible shape”, suffering from serious physical ailments, some the result of violent punishments and forced feeding. He was kept in solitary confinement for long periods and never charged, so must have thought he would die in his orange detainee uniform. They have taken thirteen and a half years of his life without explanation. Not knowing is a form of torture.
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