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    Tony Blair 'Should Face Questions' Over Guantanamo Detainee Torture

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    Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Home and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw must disclose what they knew about former Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer's alleged torture, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Aamer, a British resident held by US authorities at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for almost 14 years without charge and released on October 30, said in an interview to The Mail on Sunday that Blair and Straw were aware he was subjected to torture.

    "The not unreasonable allegation that Shaker Aamer makes is that both the prime minister, Tony Blair, and then home secretary, Jack Straw, must have known not just about his illegal abduction but also about his torture at the hands of the US authorities," Salmond told BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, aired on Sunday.

    Salmond added that both Blair and Straw had to reveal the level of their awareness of Aamer's torture.

    Aamer was the last released British inmate of the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. He was seized in Afghanistan in 2001 and accused of allegedly aiding the Al-Qaida terrorist group.

    Aamer was handed over to US forces and subsequently transferred to Guantanamo Bay in February 2002.


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