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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Protest in support of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan

PRESS RELEASE

Emergency Protest in support of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October 2012

Thursday 4th October 2012

The ‘We Are Babar Ahmad Campaign’ along with partner organisations, is holding a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October from 10am asking for an immediate stay of extradition for Syed Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad.

As the Judges decide on representations from the lawyers of both men, it is important to note that their cases are very different from the others. Both are British Citizens accused of wrongdoing in Britain who have been held collectivey in maximum security prisons for 14 years without trial nor with any evidence being presented to them. The Home Affairs Select Committe which reviewed their cases has expressed grave concern. Boris Johnson, The Mayor of London has backed their right to be tried in Britain.

Dr Ismail Jalisi, speaking on behalf of ‘We Are Babar Ahmad’, said, “The extradition of these men to the United States must be stopped by the Home Secretary. The incarceration of these two men without trial and then carting them off to a country that does not need to provide any prima facie evidence even when it agrees that the allegations are based on actions that occurred here in Britain is quite frankly farcical.”

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) declared in July 2004 and December 2006, as did the UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith in September 2006, that there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge Babar Ahmad with any criminal offence in the UK. Since then in 2011 the CPS revealed for the first time that evidence had been sent to the US without ever having been reviewed by them. The Director of Public Prosecution has refused to prosecute the men despite being able to call on the Metropolitan Police to show them evidence that it deliberately witheld and sent straight to the United States.

As the Judges determine whether a stay of extradition should be granted to Babar and Talha the Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan MP has backed the campaign saying “If there is evidence against them they should be tried in the UK”.

Partners for the protest include: Stop The War, Muslim Council of Britain, London Transport Region – RMT, Enough Coalition, IHRC, Cage Prisoners, British Muslim Initiative, Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa, Islamic Forum Europe, Muslim Safety Forum, iEngage and MDUK.

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Notes for Editors

1. The protest will be held on Thursday October 4th 2012 and Friday October 5th 2012 outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

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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