A Guantanamo Bay detainee will be freed in June, following a campaign for his release. The detainee, a Saudi man, has residency status in Britain and will be sent to an undetermined country. Britain’s government has been making calls for Shaker Aamer’s release for nearly five years. Aamer is married with four children, all of whom live in London.
Aamer, 48 was was alleged to have been an important recruiter and financier for Al-Qaida and to have worked closely with Osama Bin Laden. The man has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. According to a U.S. government official, around 10 other current detainees will be transferred in June. The official also stated the transfer will occur after a 30-day notice period to Congress, following a final approval stamp from Secretary of Defense Aston Carter
Around 122 detainees are still locked in Guantanamo Bay, 57 of whom have been labelled as “releasable” by a further review committee. Lt. Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the Pentagon, stated the goal is to release all 57 and transfer them to other countries. President Barack Obama has stated he will close Guantanamo Bay before the end of his term in office.
By Alex Lemieux
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