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Reprieve’s US press office: +1 917 855 8064/ katherine.oshea@reprieve.org

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Delays in Guantánamo Releases: Reprieve Comment

NEW YORK, NY -

In response to the news that twice-cleared Guantánamo prisoner Shaker Aamer must be reviewed yet again, delaying his release, Alka Pradham, Reprieve U.S. attorney for Shaker Aamer, said:

“The news of yet another pointless review of Shaker Aamer’s file is stunning; a ridiculous waste of time and resources.

"The United States has already cleared Shaker for release not once, but twice – under both the Obama and the Bush administrations. The gruelling clearance process involves unanimous agreement by six federal agencies, from the Department of Justice to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"If President Obama wants Guantánamo closed, he must fix this bureaucratic dysfunction and stop the senseless stalling.

"Shaker has suffered 13 years of the most terrible abuses, without a single charge or any trial, and must be returned home to London and his British wife and children immediately. Any further delay in his release is unconscionable.”

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Reprieve is a UK-based human rights organization that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

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