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Vigil held for Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer

Issue No. 2283

Supporters and friends of Shaker Aamer held a vigil outside Downing Street last Saturday. He is the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, where he has been imprisoned for nearly ten years.

Suliman Gani, who is imam at Tooting Islamic Centre, spoke to Socialist Worker:

'Shaker Aamer attended our mosque. I know his family and see them every day. The photos we have of him show him holding his small children. Now they are teenagers.

'Ten years have gone by. We are praying for him and campaigning very hard. He has been cleared for release. He is being kept for nothing. He should be returned to his family.'

Shaker has never been charged or tried. He was formally cleared for release by the US in 2007. The Foreign Office has 'requested his return', but still he is held.

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Wed 14 Dec 2011, 11:13 GMT
Issue No. 2283
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