Britons furious over continued detention of Aamer in Guantanamo Bay

Several British lawmakers and celebrities have called for immediate release of the last British national held at the notorious US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

The US must honor its commitment to release Shaker Aamer within 10 days or face an angry backlash, MPs and supporters said Thursday.

The warning came as campaigners gathered to encourage people to go on 24-hour relay hunger strike to support Aamer.

“If he’s not on a plane back here on the 25th, there will be an almighty outcry.” Andy Worthington, co-director of the We Stand With Shaker campaign, told the event. “He’s fearful that he won’t live to see his family again”.

The Obama administration announced last month that Aamer would be freed after nearly 14 years in the US custody. That indicated that October 25 will the earliest date the British inmate could be reunited with his wife and four children in London. So far, there has been no information from Washington about concrete arrangements for returning Aamer to his family.

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