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Reprieve: UK Government should take action

The director of the legal charity Reprieve has urged the UK Government to do more to help Shaker Aamer.

"Shaker has a wife and four British kids – one of whom he’s never met – in London. The UK just accepts routine assurances from the US that all is well, when all is rotten in Guantanamo Bay. Does the UK really take the position that there is nothing more that can be done if a close ally is committing the on-going torture of Shaker Aamer?”

– Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve


Londoner in Guantanamo Bay goes on hunger strike

Shaker Aamer has been held in Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. Credit: US Department of Defense

A South Londoner who is being held in the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay has gone on hunger strike. Shaker Aamer has been held at the base for eleven years but has not been tried or charged.

Mr Aamer has said he has lost over 30 pounds since he joined the strike. Lawyers for the inmates say around three-quarters of them have gone on hunger strike at the camp.

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Comic announces Guantanamo Brit is suing MI5 and MI6

Frankie Boyle has tweeted that Mr Aamer is "just trying to get home". Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Comedian Frankie Boyle has today announced a defamation suit against MI5 and MI6 on behalf of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident held in Guantanamo Bay.

Boyle joined legal action charity Reprieve in London this morning to confirm the launch of the captive's legal action.

Mr Aamer, who was rendered to Guantanamo in 2002, alleges that the intelligence agencies have told lies about him, claiming he holds links with al Qaeda, which prevent his release despite politicians in both the UK and US requesting he be freed.

Ahead of the announcement Boyle tweeted: "Shaker Aamer, with a British family and a kid he's never seen, (is) just trying to get home."

Shaker Aamer's wife and four children live in south London. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive

Guantanamo company working with MoD and Olympics security

Andrew Pringle, president of KBR (UK), said:

What we do so successfully for Ministry of Defence at home and on operations can also support the police service in a way that will improve their ability to keep local communities safe.

KBR already provide support services to the police in the UK. We are, for example, supporting the police during the Olympic Games.

'Principles of impartial British policing' could be at risk

Reacting to the news that a company behind the U.S. detention centre Guantanamo Bay is bidding for a police contract in the UK, Shadow policing minister David Hanson said:

The public don't want to see core policing provided for profit by big companies.

The Government is pushing the police too far into contracting out core public policing and they should rule out private contracts for these roles.

The use of private companies must never be allowed to endanger public confidence in policing.

These partnerships can be very effective and, of course, police forces should pursue efficiencies.

But they mustn't cross the line which would put public trust or the principles of impartial British policing at risk.

– Shadow policing minister, David Hanson


Company distances itself from building of Guantanamo Bay

A spokesman for KBR stressed that there is a new management team in place since the company built the controversial detention centre:

The incidents of the past occurred in 1994 through 2004 when KBR was owned by Halliburton.

Since 2006, KBR has brought in a completely new management team which is committed to best-in-class compliance.

Compliance and integrity are at the very core of everything we do at KBR.

We believe our best-in-class compliance programme, coupled with the unique skills and qualifications of our workforce, will be an extremely strong asset throughout the bid process.

Company behind Guantanamo Bay bidding for Surrey Police scheme

A major US engineering and construction company which helped build the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, is bidding for a role in the largest police privatisation scheme in the UK.

KBR, a former subsidiary of the controversial Halliburton group, is seeking a role in the £1.5 billion contract from West Midlands and Surrey Police.