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Shaker Aamer - Timeline of Guantanamo Bay case

Published 30/10/2015

A detainee from Afghanistan is led by military police with his hands chained at Camp X-Ray at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
A detainee from Afghanistan is led by military police with his hands chained at Camp X-Ray at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Detainees watched by US military police at Guantanamo Bay, where many were tortured
Protesters dressed as U.S. guards with dogs, stands next to protesters dressed in orange jump suits bearing the logo of Amnesty International as they demonstrate outside the U.S. Embassy in London in a protest calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and marking the sixth anniversary of the first arrival of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
A suspect is carried into Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo, where a report this week revealed inmates were regularly tortured using waterboarding and other brutal techniques
Amnesty International staged a demonstration in Belfast to voice their concerns about the detention of terror suspects without trial at Guantanamo Bay
In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees sit together in Camp six detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Sunday, May 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)
WikiLeaks published secret reports on detainees at the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison camp
A guard looks out from a tower in front of the detention facility on Guantanamo Bay (AP)
Human rights activists wearing orange prison garb to represent prisoners at Guantanamo Bay demonstrate in front of the White House (AP)
Protesters from many groups have called for Barack Obama to close Guantanamo Bay for many years
US military personnel keep watch over a cell block at camp 6 maximum-security facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. Many of the detainees at Guantanamo have been held since 2002.
A prisoner is transported by a woman guard at Guantanamo (AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Protestors demand the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, used by U.S. military forces to hold people indefinitely, in Times Square on May 23, 2014 in New York City. Organizers of the protest claimed the gathering was in coordination with protests happening in 40 other cities. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay marks the end of British residents being held on the Cuban military prison camp.

Here is a timeline of his case:

1968: Mr Aamer was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in Medina.

1985: He moved to America and studied in Georgia and Maryland before working as a translator for the US Army in the Gulf War.

1996: Mr Aamer was granted leave to remain in the UK after he moved to Battersea, south-west London, where he met his British wife Zin Siddique. The couple married the following year and have four children together.

2001: Mr Aamer was seized in Afghanistan, where he claims he was working for a charity, by bounty hunters who handed him over to US forces.

2002: He was transferred to Guantanamo on February 14, accused of aiding al Qaida.

2005: Mr Aamer lost half his body weight in a hunger strike after he became an unofficial spokesman for detainees in the prison.

2006: His lawyers filed a report alleging Mr Aamer had been held in solitary confinement for 360 days and was tortured by beatings, exposure to temperature extremes, and sleep deprivation.

2007: Mr Aamer was cleared for release to Saudi Arabia after former foreign secretary David Miliband requested he be freed along with four other British residents in the prison.

2009: He was deemed safe for release a second time by a US tribunal. Again he was not freed after America refused to let him return to the UK.

2010: Mr Aamer's 12-year-old daughter Johina wrote a letter to then-prime minister Gordon Brown asking for his freedom while hundreds of people took to the streets in London protesting against his imprisonment.

2012: A series of protests took place across England to mark the tenth anniversary of his detention in February.

January 16, 2015: US president Barack Obama said he would "prioritise" his case after Prime Minister David Cameron raised Mr Aamer's plight in high-profile talks.

September 25, 2015: The US government formally notified the UK authorities that they would be returning Mr Aamer, although no date was set for his release.

October 30, 2015: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed Mr Aamer's release from Guantanamo Bay.

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