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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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.
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