Briton ‘lived’ Guantanamo torture

Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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British Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer claims he has “lived” torture techniques outlined in a major US report “every day for thousands of days”.

The 47-year-old, who has been cleared for release from the detention camp since 2009, said he had not read the 6,000-page report but had been the victim of one of the measures outlined in it – “rectal rehydration”.

Waterboarding methods deteriorated to ”a series of near drownings” and detainees were subjected to rectal rehydration – forced feeding through the anus – according to the report last month from the US Senate Intelligence Committee into the CIA’s use of torture.

In testimony published by the Mail on Sunday from a phone call Aamer made to his lawyer, the last Briton held captive at the prison said: “The idea of the torture report was interesting, though I don’t particularly care if I never get to read it. You may not have heard about rectal rehydration, but we certainly had.

“I have lived that torture report every day for a thousand days.

“I used to ponder over how they (his guards) could sit around at lunch and talk about what torture strategy they would use next. There were all the things that you would have read about. But there were also the silly things that they would do, because they were amateurs who had no idea what they were doing.”

Aamer, one of just over 100 prisoners left in the US military prison, was detained in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2001 accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden, which he denies. His representatives claim he went to the country to carry out voluntary work for an Islamic charity.

It is alleged that he was tortured at Bagram air force base while being questioned by US forces and in February 2010 it emerged that the Metropolitan Police were investigating allegations of MI5 complicity in his torture.

Aamer has been cleared for release since 2009, but on the condition that he returns to Saudi Arabia rather than the UK.

Originally from Saudi Arabia, he moved to Battersea, London, where he has a wife and four children, and a host of politicians, celebrities and activists have called for his release.

Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the case with US President Barack Obama and Downing Street said the UK was “doing all we can to work with the US to encourage them to reach a decision”.

Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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