UK Politicians Push To Have Innocent Man Released From Gitmo (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Four UK lawmakers have traveled to Washington D.C. this week to pressure the U.S. to release Shaker Aamer who has been held captive at Guantanamo Bay for over 13 years.

Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia who has British residency with his family, was originally captured in Kabul, Afghanistan (video below).

Aamer was accused of recruiting and trying to raise money for Al-Qaeda, but was never actually charged with a crime.

Aamer's attorneys claim that he was tortured while being held in custody and during his transfer to Guantanamo Bay.

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn told, "We’re concerned for his future, we’re concerned for his health, and we’re concerned for justice, because there’s no charge against him, there’s been no legal process against him. He is a man that should be freed."

Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell added, "We got across our point, we met a great deal of sympathy from the senator, and gave us a very good hearing and we're hopeful that will increase the momentum."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron pressed President Obama to release Aamer in January, noted the Daily Mail.

Cameron said, "Obviously I’ve raised this case in the past. It’s important. I know that the policy of the U.S. government to close Guantanamo Bay."

Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said at the time:

Prime Minister Cameron raised this case with the President, and the President told him that he understands why this case is of great interest to the Prime Minister and the British people. The President committed to the Prime Minister that we will prioritize this case, while making sure any action taken is consistent with our national security.

Sources:, Daily Mail
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