After there were reports that the last British resident, Shaker Aamer held in Guantanamo Bay is going to be released after 13 years, Aamer has expressed fears that he may not make it out alive.
According to reports, Shaker Aamer is currently on hunger strike protesting against abuse by guards at the US military prison in Cuba.
In a statement released by Aamer to his lawyer, he said,
"I know there are people who do not want me ever to see the sun again," Aamer told Clive Stafford Smith, his British lawyer, in a conversation released by the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
“It means nothing that they have signed papers, as anything can happen before I get out. So if I die, it will be the full responsibility of the Americans,” Aamer added, as cited by the newspaper.
The 46-year-old is set to be freed after more than 13 years in detention without charge after he was originally seized by bounty hunters while working as a charity worker in Afghanistan shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Aamer was handed over to US forces and in February 2002 was transferred to Guantanamo Bay accused of aiding al-Qaida terrorist organization.
In 2007 the allegations were dropped and he was cleared for release but, despite a formal request for his return by then UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, the US authorities refused to send him home.