Shaker Aamer was one of the first to be locked up at Guantanamo Bay and is now the last remaining British resident in Guantanamo Bay. He has now entered his 11th year in detention despite having been cleared for release.
Shaker has many local connections to the South London community and his immediate family are constituents in neighbouring Battersea.
Sadiq has long campaigned for Shaker’s release. Prior to becoming an MP, Sadiq was a human rights solicitor and his firm acted for a number of British men held in Guantanamo Bay which has been described by a UK Court as a "legal blackhole"
Sadiq has now lobbied the Prime Minister to ask that he raise Shaker’s case with the US Government as part of their next bilateral talks. He has asked whether the Prime Minister is fully aware of Shaker’s case and what conversations have been had with the United States Government about his release to date.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“I have long supported the closure of Guantanamo Bay and welcomed President Obama’s pledge to close the facility. It is very disappointing that more than 4 years after first being elected it is still open and Shaker remains there despite being cleared for release.
“I am now urging David Cameron to make every effort to secure Shaker’s release. It is simply not acceptable that despite having been cleared for release, he still remains in Guantanamo Bay”.
You can read a copy of Sadiq’s letter below.