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Guantanamo detainee wants return to family in UK

The last Briton being held in Guantanamo Bay detention centre has asked "what kind of monster would refuse to allow a father to reunite with his family?"

Shaker Aamer with two of his children. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive

In words exclusively supplied to ITV News from Shaker Aamer, who has been held in Guantanamo for 12 years without being charged, he also added that he hopes to return to London to see his wife and four children.

He said: "My beloved wife, and my four dear children, are all in London, so I am going to go to London. What kind of monster would refuse to allow a father to reunite with his family? I hope nobody would.”

Mr Aamer, who has never seen one of his children, added: “The first years of a child’s life is the time when a father can fill his reservoir with love.

"After that, the child must draw on that reservoir for the rest of his life. What I have lost, and what has been stolen from my wife and children, can never be given back.”

British Guantanamo detainee 'must survive for family'

A Briton, who has been held in the US's Guantanamo Bay detention centre for 12 years, told ITV News he believes he will be freed this year.

Shaker Aamer is the sole Britain being held in Guantanamo Bay. Credit: ITV News

Shaker Aamer was first cleared for release seven years ago but remains in the detention centre and now his legal team will use a report into his mental and physical health to try and get him released under the Geneva convention.

Speaking from inside Guantanamo Bay, Mr Aamer said his health was bad but that he had "faith in my Lord...I do not believe I will die here. I must survive for my family. But it is hard, it is hard.”

When asked whether he was on hunger strike, Mr Aamer said: "I am back on hunger strike and have gone without food for a long time. Of course it is bad for my health."

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Fight continues for release of last British Guantanamo detainee

A British man, Shaker Aamer, has been held in America's Guantanamo Bay detention centre for twelve years - one of more than 150 inmates still inside.

First cleared for release seven years ago, now ITV News has been shown a medical report into Mr Aamer's mental and physical health, that his legal team will use to try to get him released under the Geneva convention.

ITV News' Washington correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Shaker Aamer's pleas heard at Guantanamo Bay

The last British prisoner being held at Guantanamo Bay has spoken from his prison cell for the first time.

As CBS cameras were shown around the military prison, Shaker Aamer is heard saying: "Tell the world the truth ... Please, we are tired. Either you leave us to die in peace - or either tell the world the truth. Open up the place. Let the world come and visit. Let the world hear what's happening."

Listen to Aamer speaking from his cell at 2 minutes 43 seconds:

Lawyer: Shaker Aamer has nothing to hide

Clive Stafford Smith, Shaker Aamer's lawyer and Reprieve's director, told CBS his client has agreed to whatever conditions the British government want to put on him if he was released, "because he has nothing to hide".

He said: "What I have said and what Shaker has said for years is that if you have got an allegations against him, put up or shut up."

Commenting on why Aamer is still being held despite being cleared to leave, he said: "I think it is a fascinating question and I would love a little more transparency.

"I wish someone official would give me an explanation and they won't. No one will say why they won't let him go."

Shaker Aamer case remains 'high priority' for UK Govt

Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron raised Shaker Aamer's case with President Barack Obama at a G8 summit and the British government has repeatedly stated that it wants him returned to the UK.

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

Despite having British residency and a British wife and four children living in Battersea, London, US authorities have repeatedly threatened to send him back to Saudi Arabia, his birthplace, against his wishes.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Mr Aamer's case remains a high priority for the UK government and we continue to make clear to the US that we want him released and returned to the UK as a matter of urgency.

He added: "Any decision regarding Mr Aamer's release ultimately remains in the hands of the United States government. We continue to monitor Mr Aamer's welfare through engagement with the US authorities."

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Guantanamo's last Briton speaks for the first time

The last British prisoner being held at Guantanamo Bay has spoken from his prison cell for the first time.

Shaker Aamer, who has been detained at the US military prison for 11 years told CBS's 60 Minutes show those being held there are treated like animals.

Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer has been held at the US military prison for 11 years. Credit: Reprieve UK/PA Wire

Shouting from his cell he said: "Tell the world the truth ... Please, we are tired. Either you leave us to die in peace - or either tell the world the truth. Open up the place. Let the world come and visit. Let the world hear what's happening.

"Please colonel, act with us like a human being, not like slaves."

He added: "You cannot walk even half a metre without being chained. Is that a human being? That's the treatment of an animal...It is very sad what is happening in this place."

Aamer, one of 164 prisoners at Guantanamo, has been held since 2002 without charge and is accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden, which he denies.

US to repatriate two Guantanamo Bay inmates to Algeria

The United States intends to repatriate two detainees held at its controversial prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria, the White House said.

"We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

"We continue to call on Congress to join us in supporting these efforts by lifting the current restrictions that significantly limit our ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, even those who have been approved for transfer," he said.

Guanatamo detainees to be force-fed in Ramadan hours

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be forced feed during Ramadan hours, the Miami Herald is reporting. Those on hunger strike at the prison will only be feed after sunset and before dawn.

A view of Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay US naval base. Credit: REUTERS/Deborah Gembara

Navy Captain Robert Durand said the detention centre had only fed Ramadan-observing detainees at night during Islam’s holy month for years, and this year would be no different - even with the majority of captives on hunger strike.

He told the Miami Herald: "We understand that observing the daytime fast and taking nothing by mouth or vein is an essential component of Muslim observance of Ramadan.

"And for those detainees on hunger strike we will ensure that our preservation of life through enteral feeding does not violate the tenets of their faith.”

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