The British government has fought in the High Court since 2009 to prevent the last Briton held in Guantanamo, and his lawyers, gaining access to evidence which may have proved his innocence, a Freedom of Information request revealed.
£274,345 was spent on paying Treasury solicitors and counsel’s fees and costs for managing the civil case against Shaker Aamer, a British resident who, despite being cleared for release in 2007, has remained in the Cuban prison without being charged. The legal team has since accessed the evidence.
Mr Aamer has now spent 10 years in Guantanamo. According to his lawyer, he is now “falling apart at the seams” and could die without ever being charged with an offence or meeting his youngest son.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman told the Independent: “We remain committed to securing the release of Mr Aamer, but ultimately it is a decision for the US authorities.”
The spokesman added: “The Foreign Secretary has made it very clear how important it is for the UK’s national security that the UK and US are able to share information in confidence.”
Two thirds of BBC programmes are repeats
The majority of the BBC’s programmes broadcast in 2011 were repeats, statistics released after a Freedom of Information request have shown. The average proportion of reruns was 61 per cent across all four channels, with figures for its digital channels being significantly higher.
84.2 per cent of shows on BBC Three and 78.8 per cent of programmes on BBC Four were repeats last year, The Daily Telegraph, Metro and Daily Mail report. According to the Mail, bosses have warned that the number of replays could keep rising as cuts to save the corporation a total of £1.3billion take hold.
Soaring Sandhurst injuries due to intense training
Officer cadets training for the Afghanistan front are increasingly subjected to injuries as a result of a rigorous training regime, the Daily Mirror reports. Statistics released under FoIA show intense exercise, which includes cross-country yomps and extra gym workouts, has led to an increase in the number of recruits suffering broken bones, concussion and burns.
35 trainees were hurt in 2008; 155 in 2009; and 185 a year later. The statistics for 2011 show that 80 recruits were hurt in the first three months alone.