Won’t sue British government, says ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

London, Dec 14 (IANS) The last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay has said he does not intend to take legal action against the government over his imprisonment, the media reported on Monday.

In his first broadcast interview to the BBC, Saudi-born Shaker Aamer, 48, detailed abuse he allegedly suffered at the US camp and in detention in Afghanistan.

“I don’t believe the court will bring justice because of what happened in the past,” he said.

“I do not want to prosecute anybody,” he said, adding, “I do not want anybody to be asked about what his role [was] in the past. I just want people to tell the truth.”

He also said he could not talk about compensation “for many reasons”, but added that it was “beside the point”.

Aamer was seized by bounty hunters in Afghanistan in 2001, in the wake of the US invasion of the country. He was first held in Afghanistan before being transferred to the US military base in Cuba in 2002.

US intelligence agencies believed he was working with slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – but Aamer said he had moved to Afghanistan to help with charity work. He was never charged and accusations against him were dropped in 2007.

He was released on October 30 after being detained there for 13 years.

Aamer said that on one occasion, he believed a British intelligence officer was present when an American interrogator was beating the detainee’s head against a wall.

Asked if he was certain a British intelligence officer was present, he replied: “I would say 80, 90 percent.”

“I have no doubt he is an Englishman, because of the way he spoke, the way he is very careful, the way he was sitting far away, looking at me,” he said.

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