Britain asks US to return Guantanamo prisoner

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he asked the United States on Wednesday to return the last British resident held at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

During a visit to Washington, Hague said he had discussed the case of Shaker Aamer, who was born in Saudi Arabia but is a permanent British resident and is married to a British national who lives with their four children in London.

"I have been discussing that with Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton today and reiterated our position that we would like to see this gentleman returned to the United Kingdom," Hague said.

"And that is under consideration by the United States," Hague told an audience at Georgetown University, where he had given a speech on international security.

He gave no indication of the chances that Aamer, who has been held at Guantanamo since February 2002, would be released by the United States and returned to Britain.

Of the six British residents held at Guantanamo, four were released in 2007. A fifth was released last year.

Nine with full British citizenship held in Guantanamo were released in 2004 and 2005.

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