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MPs head to US to fight for Shaker Aamer's release

David Davis is at the head of a small delegation of MPs heading to the US to argue for the release of Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee at America's infamous Guantanamo Bay.

"Guantanamo itself is not a good symbol for the West," said Davis, the MP for Haltemprice and Howden. "We're the good guys in this argument - the ones who believe in democracy and freedom."

"None of these are really advanced by the symbol of Guantanamo."

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Call for Guantanamo Bay detainee's release after CIA report

An MP has called for the release of the last British prisoner being held in Guantanamo Bay after brutal torture accusations in a damning report into the interrogation of detainees by America's CIA.

Shaker Aamer Credit: ITV News

Shaker Aamer, who is originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Battersea, London, and has a wife and four children there, has been incarcerated at the US military prison since 2002. His local MP, Conservative health minister Jane Ellison, told the Daily Mail:

Shaker Aamer's continued detention in Guantanamo Bay is unacceptable.

The UK Government has confirmed repeatedly that they want him released to the UK and the latest revelations serve to underline that Shaker Aamer should be immediately reunited with his family in Battersea.

– Jane Ellison

Aamer, one of just over 100 prisoners left at the notorious detention centre, has been held there without charge for 12 years, accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden, something he denies.

Aamer has been cleared for release since 2009, but on the condition that he returns to Saudi Arabia rather than the UK. The Government has previously said it is "committed to using its best endeavours to ensuring Mr Aamer's release and return to the UK".

Detainee diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder

The last Briton being detained in Guantanamo Bay has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Shaker Aamer is the sole Britain being held in Guantanamo Bay.

ITV News has been given access to a medical report into Shaker Aamer's mental and physical health, that his legal team will use to try to get him released under the Geneva Convention.

An independent psychiatrist carried out a medical on Mr Aamer, who has been detained for 12 years without charge, and found 11 mental and physical issues.

They included headaches which can last up to 24 hours, tinnitus, post-traumatic stress disorder and worsening vision.

Govt 'making it clear to US they want Aamer released'

Britain wants the US to release Shaker Aamer, who has been held in Guantanamo Bay for 12 years without charge, and return him to the UK, a Foreign Office spokesman told ITV News.

Mr Aamer’s case remains a high priority for the UK Government and we continue to make clear to the US at the highest levels that we want him released and returned to the UK as a matter of urgency.

We have received the letter from Reprieve and will respond fully in due course.

– Foreign Office spokesman

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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."

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:

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