PRESS RELEASE from the Free Babar Ahmad Campaign
Monday 11th June 2007
The House of Lords have refused Babar Ahmad permission to appeal against his US extradition. The Lords concluded that the two points of Law presented to them were not matters of "public importance" and hence rejected the appeal.
Babar Ahmad's lawyers are now taking the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights where it is expected that a decision will be given by Thursday 14 th June 2007. If they too refuse to intervene, then no other appeal stages remain and Babar Ahmad would be extradited to the US imminently.
Babar Ahmad's family stated: "This is a complete travesty of justice and we are devastated by the news. After three years of imprisonment without charge, Babar is being sent to face a flawed justice system in the United States . Babar's supporters all over the UK will hold the British Government responsible if he is subjected to any physical or psychological abuse. The Attorney General and the Crown Prosecution Service have confirmed in writing several times that there is insufficient evidence to charge Babar with any crime. We cannot understand why then he should face extradition. We still call on the British Government to put him on trial in the UK or in a neutral court such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague . We continue to have hope and pray for his return."
On hearing the news, Babar Ahmad, speaking from HMP Manchester, said, "I feel badly let down by the British Government. I am nothing more than a man sold out by his country. I have only this verse from the Quran left to say, 'My affair, I leave it to Allah. Verily Allah is the All-Seer over His servants.' (40:44)"
(Side note: Babar Ahmad is accused of running websites supporting Chechen and Taliban rebels.)
For background to the case see www.freebabarahmad.com
What You Can Do (Suggestions from SACC)
Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has submitted a last minute plea to the Home Secretary on behalf of Babar Ahmad. Mr said: "I am very disappointed that Babar has lost the latest round of his challenge. In addition to asking the Home Secretary to reconsider the extradition, I have asked for assurances and safeguards about his treatment in the US should he be extradited."
- Please contact John Reid and tell him you support Sadiq Khan's plea - Fax: 020 7035 4745 or
email (best to fax if you can)
- Please ask your MP to press John Reid to reconsider Babar's extradition - visit www.writetothem.com