Babar Ahmad is a 38 year old British Muslim and the longest detained-without-charge British detainee held as part of the global ‘war on terror’. In December 2003 Babar was arrested at his London home under anti-terror legislation. By the time he reached the police station Babar had sustained at least 73 forensically recorded injuries, including bleeding in his ears and urine. Six days later he was released without charge.
In August 2004 Babar was re-arrested in London and taken to prison pursuant to an extradition request from the US under the controversial, no-evidence-required, Extradition Act 2003. The US has alleged that in the 1990s Babar was a supporter of “terrorism”. Babar denies any involvement in terrorism. He has now been in prison for more than eight years even though he has not been charged in the UK, despite 141,000 British citizens signing a petition to put him on trial in the UK.
On 5th October 2012 Babar was finally extradited to the US after the European Court of Human Rights ruled there was no bar to his extradition and after the British High Court refused his request for a judicial review. He is currently in custody in Connecticut, USA.