Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the U.S. prison camp in the Guantanamo Bay navy station in Cuba, has been freed after 13 years in detention, Britain said on Friday.
Aamer, a Saudi national who is married to a Briton, was never charged with any crime and had been cleared for release by U.S. authorities in 2007 but was not freed.
Last month Britain said Aamer was due to be released but no date was specified.
"I can confirm that he is on his way back to the UK now and he will arrive in Britain later today," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.
Aamer moved to Britain in 1996 and was in Afghanistan doing voluntary work for an Islamic charity when he was captured by Afghan Northern Alliance forces in 2001 and handed to the U.S. military, according to rights group Reprieve.
He was then moved to Guantanamo, where the prison camp was opened in 2002.
#ShakerAamer As chair of All Party Group on Shaker Aamer I'm breathing sigh of relief he's on way home to family.Well done to campaigners.— John McDonnell (@johnmcdonnellMP) October 30, 2015
Sources say no reason for Shaker Aamer to be detained on his return to UK as doesn't & hasn't faced any charges.— lucy manning (@lucymanning) October 30, 2015
So pleased to hear the news of out brother Shaker Aamer is back home. May Allah bless him. he's been through so much #welcomehomeshaker— Yusha Evans (@yushaevans) October 30, 2015
Clive Stafford Smith waiting for Shaker Aamer at the airfield... Outside the fence, not allowed inside the fence pic.twitter.com/5Sx4oaEnJ0— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) October 30, 2015
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