2013 marks 11th anniversary of Wandsworth resident's Guantanemo detention
7:00am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
This week marks the eleventh year since Wandsworth resident Shaker Aamer was detained in Guantánamo Bay.
Mr Aamer, 44, was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001 and transferred to Cuba in 2002, is the last remaining British resident in the US prison.
He has never been charged or tried, and published reports show he is one of 88 remaining prisoners cleared for release from the prison.
The UK government have called for his release but to no avail.
The US Government believes Mr Aamer had led a unit of fighters in Afghanistan, including the Battle of Tora Bora, an allegation he vehemently denies.
Recently declassified documents describe in how he has allegedly been "ERF’d", namely subjected to regular, brutal beatings by the Emergency Reaction Force (ERF) throughout his lengthy imprisonment in Guantánamo Bay.
There are grave fears for his health as he is suffering from a list of ailments, including arthritis and serious asthma problems.
The married father-of-four, who has never met his youngest son, spoke to his lawyer Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith.
He said: "The ERF team grab me harshly, bend my arms and my head and slam me to the floor. They shackle me and put me in the chair."
Reprieve’s Director, Clive Stafford Smith, has described the prison as a "gulag" where prisoners human rights are "flagrantly disregarded".
He said: "In the US films which purport to justify torture are being nominated for awards, those who did the torturing enjoying immunity and the courageous people who expose wrongdoing are prosecuted for violating secrecy. Those who continue to be subjected to abuse and indefinite detention are all but forgotten.
"I have seen Shaker very recently and all he wants is to come home to his wife and four children who are desperate to see him. The UK government must bring him home."