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.
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
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