The 'war on terror' abuse of special administrative measures means that suspects held in the US are deprived of a fair trial
Following the announcement of the judgment allowing the extradition of five men to the US under a one-sided extradition agreement between the US and UK, former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg read out a statement on behalf of one of the men Babar Ahmad.
The other four men are Ahmad's co-accused Syed Talha Ahsan; Abu Hamza Al-Masri, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz.
Over 100 supporters turned up to show their support when the judgment was made.
A last-ditch appeal and judicial review application were heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this week to prevent the removal to the US under a one-sided extradition agreement of British nationals Babar Ahmad, Talha Ahsan and three other men, accused of involvement in terrorist activity in the US. Following an 8-year ordeal in the case of Babar Ahmad, a recent attempt at a private prosecution of Babar Ahmad and his co-accused Talha Ahsan by businessman Karl Watkins was turned down by the Director of Public Prosecutions. The hearing was initially supposed to last two days but went on for almost a week. On Friday afternoon, judges ruled to allow the extraditions of all five men.
On Friday, the day of the judgment, over 100 supporters turned up and held a colourful and peaceful demonstration outside the court all day long. Prominent supporters included Jeremy Corbyn MP, former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg, Lindsey German from the Stop The War Coalition and Murad Qureshi, London Assembly member. The judgment was made in the afternoon.
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