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Gitmo prisoners could move to US in coming months

President Obama hopes to transfer a first wave of the last of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners to America in the coming months as part of plans to finally shut down the notorious prison in Cuba.

The US could transfer 35 prisoners to American soil in the coming months and up to 60 by the end of the year, officials from the Obama administration said as the plans were submitted to Congress.

President Obama has repeatedly pledged to close Guantanamo Bay but has proven unable to fulfill the commitment during his time in office. Credit: Reuters

A Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo lists 13 US-based facilities which could be used for the transfers.

Officials said a one-time cost of closing the notorious facility and moving prisoners ranges from $290 million to $475 million (£205m - £337m).

The Obama administration hopes to work with Congress to change the law to allow the transfers of prisoners, though administration officials warned time is of the essence.


'I felt frozen for 14 years - I just want my life back'

Shaker Aamer told ITV News he felt like he was "frozen for 14 years" being detained without charge at Guantanamo.

He said: "I know everyone thinks I'm a very strong person. I try so hard to act normal. It's hard.

"There's no better feeling than freedom. I thank my Lord that I am back with my wife and my kids."

Shaker Aamer: We felt like rats in a box at Guantanamo

Shaker Aamer has told ITV News he felt like a "rat in a box" during his time at Guantanamo Bay.

He said he felt like he was an "animal there for an experiment" and described being beaten, hog-tied and deprived of being able to pray.

"As soon as they knew it was time for prayer they [the guards] would turn the music up and start playing Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen," he said.

Shaker Aamer admits travelling on a false passport

Shaker Aamer has admitted he travelled on a false passport as it was the only way he could leave the country.

Him and his wife and children later travelled to Taliban-led Afghanistan using the document.

He said Afghanistan was where they felt "comfortable" as his wife had suffered abuse in the UK because she wore traditional Muslim dress.

Goldsmith: We must know truth behind Guantanamo claims

A former Attorney General has told ITV News there should be answers to the question of whether British intelligence agents were complicit in alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Lord Goldsmith, who was in the role when Briton Shaker Aamer entered the camp in 2002, said he was "unhappy" that a previous inquiry into the treatment of detainees finished without coming to a "definitive conclusion" over whether detainees were tortured.

In his first television interview, Mr Aamer - who was held in the camp for 14 years - told Julie Etchingham he wants to see an inquiry into allegations of British complicity.

"I hope British agents were not involved or complicit in any way in torture or mistreatment - that's not what they are supposed to do, that's not the British way of dealing with these things," Lord Goldsmith said.

"If the allegations are true, we need to know and they need to be dealt with. If they are not true, the people that were involved, as it were, need to be cleared."

Rohit Kachroo: Shaker Aamer claims raise questions for UK authorities

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