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Babar Ahmad is a British citizen who has been detained without trial in the UK for almost 8 years facing extradition to the US for offences allegedly committed in the UK. All the evidence against him was collected in the UK with most of it being sent to the US before the Crown Prosecution Service could decide whether to prosecute him in the UK or not, a fact only admitted by the CPS in November 2011. It is only right that Babar be tried in the UK and not extradited to the US.

Please write to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, to demand that Babar Ahmad be immediately put on trial in the UK. Copies will also be sent to the Attorney General and the Home Secretary.

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Key Messages of Support

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Some key messages of support for the Free Babar Ahmad Campaign.

 


 

Dear Babar (and family). I sincerely hope you get justice and avoid extradition to the US. Your case is one that affects us all, as today it's a Muslim being extradited for political reasons, tomorrow it could be any of us who disagree with US/UK foreign policy being carted off to the US to face torture and death.
Keep your chin up and know that you have supporters from the Jewish community (including myself). I heard you give a talk at St. Georges Medical School and it's message was peace and tolerance, so I cannot believe that you would be involved in terrorism.
May God give you strength and remember the Moses in his battle with the Pharoah. Ultimately, God favours the righteous.
Regards.

Ivor Cohen Jewish Community, London Tuesday 19th April 2005

 

I strongly believe that America's record of treating Muslim prisoners in Guantanamo Bay is so horrific that no country, let alone the UK, which stands for justice and human rights, should extradite one of its citizens to the USA. In the case of Br. Babar Ahmad, as long as he has been cleared of any crime in the past by the British Authorities, it is quite unfair to respond to the USA's request. What we would prefer is a fair trial in the UK, as we have good faith in the British Judicial System.

Dr. Suhaib Hasan, Islamic Shariah Council of Great Britain Friday 15th April 2005

 

We at the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony strongly oppose any attempt to extradite Mr Babar Ahmad to a foreign land. We believe a British Citizen be tried within UK and sending abroad is gross injustice and misuse of power. We believe that Mr Babar Ahmed is victim of Islamophobic abuse and gross mistreatment.
We condemn the ill treatment Mr Babar Ahmed received at the time of arrest and we believe his complaint must be fully investigated by an independent body and must be fair and impartial. An assault and excessive use of force by any Police Officer is not accepted. We understand that more than one Police Officer was involved in assaulting Mr Babar Ahmed and only one police office is being made a scapegoat. We ask authorities to establish a public inquiry with Judge and jury to establish the truth.
Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid
Chairman Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK;
Vice Chair Religions for Peace UK and European WCRP Board member;
National Treasurer of National Association of British Pakistanis (NABPAK);
European representative of World Council of Muslims Inter-faith Relations (WCMIR);
International Secretary World Congress of faiths (WCF)

Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid, United Kingdom Friday 25th March 2005

 

Tony Blair is trying to use the courts and the judicial process to scare the public into voting for him in the next election because he has lost the argument with the British public over the war in Iraq.
People who have been accused of crimes should be allowed a free and fair trial in front of a jury. The arrest case of Babar Ahmad and the proposed extradition to the United States without judicial process is simply kidnapping. He should be released or brought before the courts.

John Rees National Secretary of Respect, UK Tuesday 1st March 2005

 

The Muslim Council of Britain - an umbrella body representing over 400 national, regional and local Islamic organisations throughout the UK views the US Extradition request against Babar Ahmad as wholly unacceptable.
British Muslims have scant confidence that Babar Ahmad will be tried fairly in the current hysterically anti-Muslim climate in the USA. It is notable that under the Extradition Treaty of 2003 the USA is under no reciprocal obligation to extradite any of its own nationals to the UK. This is plainly iniquitous

Muslim Council Of Britain, London Tuesday 1st March 2005

 

Our basic human rights and civil liberties are being eroded and Babar Ahmed?s extradition hearing is a case in point. This government has agreed to extradite British citizens to the USA without giving the defence an opportunity to examine, let alone challenge the evidence.
The expected unfavourable outcome of the farcical trial of Babar Ahmed will go down in history as a test case of the British government consigning the concept of prima facie evidence to the dustbin. The most basic of human rights, the right to a fair trial, the right to challenge evidence is now being denied to our own citizen?s as a consequence of the draconian legislation passed at the behest of George W Bush.
The so called evidence that has kept Babar Ahmed in prison since 2004 has been obtained from the same intelligence that that said Iraq was brimful with chemical and biological weapons.
If the Prime Minister allows Babar Ahmed to be extradited under this pernicious act, we will be placing Babar Ahmed at the mercy of the increasingly lawless American authorities. No one can doubt the fact that the US authorities are incapable of providing him with a fair, open, and just trial, having witnessed the atrocities perpetrated by America in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo.
This government is duty bound to protect its citizen?s and to uphold the fundamental principles of the rule of law, instead, Blunkett?s Extradition Act of 2003 is indicative of the march of the repressive state at home.
If Blair allows Babar to be extradited, it will be a serious abuse of power by this government as no human being in this democratic country should be denied the right to challenge accusations against him or her. To allow this, the government is ensuring the loss of our most fundamental civil liberties.

George Galloway MP, London Tuesday 1st March 2005

 

We have formed a campaign to stop this extradition which has strong support because people here know Babar. This extradition will undermine civil liberties, particularly against Muslims at the moment but it could affect the rest of us later on. Recently, Blair had to apologise to Irish individuals for miscarriages of justices which affected the whole Irish community at the time, which the Muslim community is going through now. If this extradition goes through, this is the beginning of the end for the rest of us.

Colin Smith, Welfare Campaigns' Officer of Imperial College Students' Union, London Tuesday 1st March 2005

 

I am a friend and former working colleague of Babar?s and from what I can make out I do feel there has been a grave injustice in this case since I gather that all of the evidence against this man is unproven.
It worries me that this could be the thin end of a wedge with regard to treatment dished out to Muslims and other racial/religious groups. Of course we must keep a tight act against terrorism in this nation to ensure public safety and I know that Babar would be the first to agree about this since I believe his family actually lost someone in the tragic fall of the twin towers on 9/11.
You could argue that there is no smoke without fire but the only fire that I have witnessed this far has been the fire of hope within Babar?s heart and spirit to ensure that justice will be done and whatever the outcome he knows he will remain guilt free within his own conscience. Good Luck Babar.

Ralph Raby, Former Graphics & Visualization Consultant at Imperial College, London Tuesday 1st March 2005


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