Shaker Aamer Is Released From Guantanamo Bay

Returning to Wandsworth after nearly 14 years

Britain's last detainee in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has now flown back to the UK.

The Wandsworth resident will return to his family after being held in the United States Military prison in Cuba without charge or trial following accusations of terrorism.

Shaker Aamer

Mr Aamer - who has repeatedly said that he suffered ill treatment in Guantanamo and has alleged British complicity - was flown home on a private plane on Thursday (October 29th) after nearly 14 years in prison.

The US military claimed he had significant ties to Islamic extremists, including Osama Bin Laden, and his release follows years of negotiation between Britain and the United States.

Born a Saudi national, Shaker Aamer (48) married a British woman who lives in Wandsworth with their four children. One of his lawyers, Clive Stafford Smith, has said that Mr Aamer doesn't face any charges in the UK and will not be questioned by authorities. Scotland Yard detectives have already questioned him during his detention in Guantanamo.

On Thursday evening Mr Aamer said, "My thanks goes to Allah first, second to my wife, my family, to my kids and then to my lawyers who did evrything they could to carry the word to the world... I feel obliged to every individual who fought for justice, not just for me, but to bring an end to Guantanamo."

November 11, 2015