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