The Guardian, Friday 14 December 2012
The last remaining British resident held in Guantanamo Bay has accused MI5 and MI6 of making false and highly damaging claims about his alleged involvement with al-Qaida and is suing them for defamation.
Shaker Aamer, whose family and children are British, and whose release has been repeatedly requested by British ministers, blames the security and intelligence agencies for his continuing detention.
His lawyers have now written to William Hague, the foreign secretary, and Theresa May, the home secretary, demanding an explanation for the false claims they say UK officials have made against him to the CIA, and an admission that his indefinite detention constitutes a war crime. They point out that Aamer has repeatedly implicated British officials in his mistreatment in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay – allegations which are now being investigated by the Metropolitan police.