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Jamal Kiyemba as a student
Jamal Kiyemba as a student

Guantanamo: the aftermath

By Jessica Rose
A former Leicester student who was held at Guantanamo Bay is deciding whether to fight a government decision not to let him back into Britain. Jamal Kiyemba was kept at the camp for over three years.

A former Leicester student who was held at Guantanamo Bay is deciding whether to fight a government decision not to let him back into Britain.

Jamal Kiyemba was kept at the American detention camp for over three years.

He has been deported to Uganda, the country of his birth, even though his mother and siblings live in the UK.

Listen to former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and Zachary Katznelson from the human rights organisation Reprieve talking about the case:

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Mr Kiyemba, originally named Anthony, stayed in Uganda after his parents separated when he was 18 months old.

He joined his mother in London when he was aged 14 after his father died in a road accident.

Mr Kiyamba, whose family is Catholic, converted to Islam while studying pharmacology at De Montfort University.

He was imprisoned during a holiday to Pakistan in 2002. Mr Kiyamba was transferred to Bagram Air Base for nearly five months and then spent over three years in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Kiyemba said: "I have lived in a 21st Century nightmare. I have been held hostage by the most developed, advanced, richest superpower".

The human rights group Reprieve says the UK government does not appear to be reconsidering its decision not to allow him back into Britain.

Senior counsel Zachary Katznelson said Mr Kiyemba, who is living with relatives in Uganda, is still deciding whether to appeal.

He said: "The UK shows no signs of reconsidering its decision not to allow him back home here. Jamal is still considering his legal options to fight that decision. 

"Meanwhile, he is working to readjust to life in Uganda, where he hasn’t been for many years.  He is also healing from the trauma inflicted upon him in Guantánamo. 

"Jamal wants to continue his schooling, so is preparing to apply to university in Uganda". 

A Home Office spokesman said it could not comment on individual cases.

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