It was also revealed that British former Guantanamo inmates donated a portion of payments they received from the government on their repatriation to the UK towards Mr Aamer’s legal costs.
Mr Aamer’s friend Moazzam Begg, as well as Binyam Mohamed, Bishar Al Rawi, Jamil El Banna, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes, and Martin Mubanga, are among the British residents and nationals who spent time in Guantanamo before being returned home.
Kate Allen, UK director for Amnesty International, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that Shaker Aamer is still behind bars at Guantanamo – without a trial, without access to his family, almost without hope.
“Britain needs to put its foot down with the Americans. We know that the Foreign Secretary William Hague has already called for Shaker’s release. He should now insist on a specific timetable for this to happen – within days or weeks, not months or years.”