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Britain’s Last Guantánamo Detainee: Who is Shaker Aamer? follows the news that the British government is lobbying for Saudi-born Aamer’s return to the United Kingdom. Aamer will be eligible for a payout thought to be worth approximately £1,000,000 on his return, as featured in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph.
The last remaining British resident still held at Guantánamo Bay, Shaker Aamer is believed by the United States government to be a military-trained al-Qaeda member who recruited for extremist causes and had close ties to Osama bin Laden. He has been described by one guard as the camp’s ‘Bon Jovi’ for his celebrity status and power over other inmates. This briefing details some of Aamer’s activities leading up to his incarceration by the US as well as during his time at Guantánamo Bay.
The briefing highlights several areas of concern:
Robin Simcox, Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society and author of the briefing, commented:
“The US government has clearly had a multitude of good reasons to detain Shaker Aamer on the basis of his suspected connections to al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and other jihadists. Furthermore the charities that Aamer said he worked for are known to be al-Qaeda support groups. Aamer’s formidable reputation among the other detainees at Guantánamo Bay shows that he remains highly influential. There is far more to Aamer than the benign image his supporters portray.”