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Shaker Aamer to be freed

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2473

The US government has announced it will release Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay. 

He has been held without charge since 2001.

John Clossick from the Save Shaker Campaign told Socialist Worker, “It’s brilliant that they are letting him out. 

“But they say they will keep him another month while they inform Congress. They have no right to hold him at all— let him out now. 

“At first we were going to call the campaign Justice for Shaker. But how can he ever get justice after 13 years in a concentration camp?”

Shaker went to Afghanistan to work for an Islamic charity in 2001, and was there when the US invaded. US forces rendered him to Guantanamo Bay claiming he had been fighting for Al Qaida.

The US admitted in 2007 it had no evidence against him, but said it would release him to Saudi Arabia where he was born, not Britain where he lives with his family.

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Tue 29 Sep 2015, 15:59 BST
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