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PRESS RELEASE: 10 year ordeal over for Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan

For Immediate Release

Thursday 17th July 2014

The decade long tribulation of Babar Ahmed and Syed Talha Ahsan is at long last coming to an end. Both Britons agreed to a plea bargain in order to have some hope of ever coming home.

For Talha, this terrible journey is finally at an end. Suffering severely from Asperger’s, Talha’s medical reports were cruelly ignored by the Home Secretary Theresa May prior to his extradition. A poet’s soul trapped in a cage in a far off land, Talha was kept in a vicious regime where he was under lock and key 23 hours a day. By the grace of God, Talha is at long last on his way home and his family, friends and supporters are jubilant that they will see him shortly.

Babar’s story, though not yet finished, has entered the final straight. The Judge’s recognition of the inhuman suffering he witnessed in Bosnia and rejection of the prosecution’s specious claims of an Al-Qaida link means that he has a very limited sentence to serve. It is shocking that it took an American Judge a matter of days to provide Babar Ahmad, the longest held detainee without trial in modern British history, more justice than the UK government provided to both him and Talha in a combined period of 14 years.

David Bermingham, who has campaigned for reform of the UK-US Extradition Treaty 2003 was delighted with the news:

“I’m delighted that finally both Babar and Talha can finally put this terrible episode behind them and move on with their lives. It was gratifying that the judge was able to cut through the prejudice and hyperbole of the prosecutors and see these men for the devout, studious men that they are. This has been a very sad episode for all concerned.”

We call on the British government to repatriate Babar at the earliest possible juncture so that he may serve the remaining balance of his sentence here in the UK. We further call on the government to honour the historic vote on extradition held in Parliament in December 2011 and amend the UK-US 2003 Extradition Treaty to include the presentation of a prima facie case before a British Judge.

ENDS

Notes for editor

We are Babar Ahmad has been campaigning for changes in the 2003 UK-US Extradition Act 2003.

We have also campaigned for Richard O’Dwyer and Gary McKinnon

For more information, please contact info@wearebabarahmad.org

The Plight of David McIntyre

DaveThis is the story of David McIntyre. Like Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan before him is under threat of extradition to the USA. He is a former soldier in the British army and was stationed in Afghanistan. He is accused by a former colleague at a security firm he used to run convicted in the US of trying to fraudulently gain $100,000 whilst contracted to provide security services to a US NGO. David denies these allegations.

In addition he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to trauma he faced while in service. This was not discovered until the extradition order had been signed. Surely a man that has served and protected his country should be afforded the opportunity to be tried here.

You can help the campaign by firstly signing this petition http://www.change.org/savedave and encouraging everyone your know on Facebook and Twitter to sign as well.

In addition follow Dave on Twitter and support him by retweeting him https://twitter.com/Davemac1134

PRESS RELEASE: Welcome news for Richard O’Dwyer, yet overhaul of treaty still required

The We Are Babar Ahmad Campaign is delighted and relieved with the recent announcement that Richard O’Dwyer’s imminent extradition has been stayed. We congratulate him and his family for the deal that has been agreed with the US and which sees common sense prevailing. Our Campaign has pressed for a stay of extradition of four British citizens, including Richard, who had not broken any law of the land or were fugitives from any country.

Now with Gary McKinnon also remaining in the UK on medical grounds, we are left with the distressing cases of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, who were extradited in October 2012 and are now in a US correctional institution awaiting trial. We are determined to keep their predicament in the public consciousness and urge the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to negotiate with the US authorities for their release on bail following the precedence set in the Christopher Tappin case that relates to the export of weapons parts to Iran.

We are so pleased that the O’Dwyer and McKinnon families will have their dear ones in their bosom this Christmas and we also remember those who are isolated and denied all dignities. Babar and Talha’s incarceration in 23-hour solitary detention in Connecticut in small prison cells is a continuation of the collective 14 years of unjust imprisonment without charge spent here in Britain.

Dr Ismail Jalisi, spokesperson for the campaign said, “This one-sided and distasteful US-UK Extradition Treaty needs to be overhauled fully. The majority of MPs want this, the majority of British people want this and common sense demands it. In the cases of Babar and Talha a bit more humanity should be the order of the day. Surely one is innocent unless proven guilty, so why are they being treated like the worst of criminals?”

ENDS

Notes for Editors


We Are Babar Ahmad is a grassroots campaign working to support the families and to see a change in the UK-US Extradition Treaty 2003.
For more images and more information about event please contact Mohammad Shakir on 07708 681 014 or email info@wearebabarahmad.org

PRESS RELASE: Welcome news about Gary McKinnon

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Tuesday 16th October 2012

The We Are Babar Ahmad campaign welcomes the announcement of the Home Secretary to introduce forum regarding the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States of America on the grounds of human rights.

Deputy chairman of the campaign, Dr. Ismail Jalisi commented, “This is a positive first step in getting British Justice for British citizens. We look forward to a change in the way the British government conducts itself during extradition procedures, putting the rights and welfare of British citizens before rather than the whims of a foreign nation.”

The matter must be clarified regarding Syed Talha Ahsan who like Gary McKinnon also has Aspergers Syndrome, but was not afforded this decision that has been made by the Home Secretary. This is an unjust stance regarding the plight of two British citizens who are under duress under very similar circumstances.

We continue to call on the British government for a change in the UK-US Extradition treaty to ensure it is fair, equitable and puts British citizens first.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

We Are Babar Ahmad is a grassroots campaign working to support the families and to see a change in the UK-US Extradition Treaty 2003.
For more images and more information about event please contact Mohammad Shakir on 07708 681 014 or email info@wearebabarahmad.org

What to do for Babar and Talha

Friday 12th October 2012

There are many things that can be done to help Babar and Talha. Here are a few that can make a difference.

  • Lobby mp to press US government to be on bail so can prepare defence
  • Amend 2003 Extraction Treaty, so no UK citizen is put on trial abroad

An Evening for Babar and Talha – Iqra TV Sky 826 Tonight!

An Evening for Babar and Talha will be taking place tonight from 7pm to raise awareness and support for the cause of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan who were extradited to the USA last week.

The show will take place on Iqra TV which can be found on Sky channel 826 or you can also watch online at www.sky826.com.

Please watch, call in and show your support.

PRESS RELEASE: Extradition of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan A Disgrace to British Justice

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Extradition of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan A Disgrace to British Justice

Friday 5th October 2012

This afternoons decision by the High Court to extradite Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan is a disgrace to British Justice and a black stain that will remain for many years on the current Government. Conflating the various very different cases that were up for extradition the Government may believe that it has engaged on a successful media strategy but in return it has sown deep division and resentment amongst communities and made a mockery of our legal system.

The Independent revealed today that the “Metropolitan Police detectives agreed to nine separate requests from FBI agents to provide information on Babar Ahmad at a time when the case against the long-imprisoned terror suspect was collapsing because of a lack of evidence”. This prosecution hasbeen effectively outsourced to the United States.

Mohammad Shakir, spokesperson for the campaign said, “As these men are hurriedly taken to an American military airbase, under the cover of night, to be flown to a prison described as a “clean version of hell”, we would like to remind the government that we shall hold them totally responsible for any harm that may come to them.” Shakir further reiterated “Today we have seen the failure of our judiciary to hold the executive to account. This has been an entirely political deliberation by Justices Thomas and Ouseley. The way they have handled themselves over the last few days in court clearly showing disdain and a bias against clear evidence has been an embarrassment. They should hang their heads in shame.”

The We Are Babar Ahmad Campaign is calling on the government to behave responsibly and:

[1] Demand the US government give assurances that these men are not held in an ADX Florence type facility. There is no need for solitary confinement after having spent a collective 14 years in jail without trial to hold them a minute longer whilst they are preparing their defence and they should be allowed out on bail with a tag, if necessary, like Christopher Tappin.

[2] Ensure that if they are forced to plea bargain which is the way the US system is skewed irrespective of guilt or innocence, the British government will gain reassurances that they will serve any time back at home here in Britain.

[3] Invoke the amendments to the US-UK extradition treaty 2003, through a parliamentary vote making it impossible for a British citizen to ever again be extradited for offences they are alleged to have committed in the UK and for any country that accuses a British Citizen of a crime to provide prima facie evidence that is reviewed by a British Judge who must ensure its validity and applicability under British law before authorising an extradition request.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

1. The Independent Article can be seen here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/exclusive-police-secretly-handed-the-fbi-evidence-on-babar-ahmad-while-claiming-their-own-case-against-him-was-collapsing-due-to-lack-of-evidence-8199824.html

2. ‘We Are Babar Ahmad’ is a grassroots campaign working to support the families of Babar Ahmad, Gary McKinnon, Syed Talha Ahsan and Richard O Dwyer and to see a change in the UK-US Extradition Treaty 2003.

3. For more information please call 07708681014.

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