John McDonnell MP
“14 years ago Shaker Aamer was sold to the CIA whilst working building schools and wells to provide clean drinking water to those living in desperate conditions in Afghanistan.
Shaker Aamer’s return to British soil from Guantanamo this morning is a momentous occasion and a tribute to the tireless work of the dedicated campaigners that have fought so resolutely for him to be freed.
Shaker Aamer’s 14 years of incarceration in Guantanamo Bay despitenever having stood trial, never having been convicted and cleared for release by successive US administrations is a dark chapter in the history rights abuses.
As chair of the Shaker Aamer Parliamentary Group, I am proud to have contributed to securing his release. We will now do all we can now to provide Shaker and his family with the support they need to reintegrate back into our society and lead a normal life. In the fullness of time we expect now to be given answers to what happened to him, why this gross miscarriage of justice was allowed to occur and the extent of British involvement in his plight.”