The launch was attended by politicians including MP Caroline Lucas and Shaker Aamer’s lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith from Reprieve.
On the same day, Reprieve announced that it plans to sue the British government for not doing enough to bring Shaker Aamer back to the UK. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to insist that it is doing all it can. This is in spite of the release this month of 6 other prisoners, including one Saudi national, and the planned release of at least 4 others, and the “special relationship” between Britain and the US.
On 25 November, the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign held a parliamentary meeting to discuss Shaker Aamer’s case. The meeting was very well attended and discussed ways of working towards the release of Shaker Aamer to the UK.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/20/us-usa-guantanamo-release-idUSKCN0J42ML20141120 0n 22 November, Saudi national Muhammad Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who was cleared by the period review board in October, was sent back to Saudi Arabia where he will undergo a rehabilitation programme. Accused of links to Al Qaeda, the board said that such links could not be proven.
There are currently 142 prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay and there are currently plans to release at least 4 more in the coming weeks.
Following a decision in the case of Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhaj last month, stating that he could sue British officials for their involvement in his torture and rendition, dismissing government claims that such a case could undermine diplomatic relations with the US and secrecy, the High Court has ruled to allow former Bagram prisoner Pakistani Yunus Rahmatullah to sue British officials after he was "rendered" to the US military in Iraq in 2004 by the British army. The US military then held him and tortured him at Bagram for over 10 years until he was released earlier this year. He was never charged or tried. His case also affects claims made by three other men in Iraq, including one who was held at Abu Ghraib. The British government has said it will challenge both the Belhaj and Rahmatullah rulings in the Supreme Court.