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.
Babar then filed a formal complaint that he had been subjected to horrific physical, sexual and religious abuse by the arresting police officers. In March 2009 the Metropolitan Police finally admitted in the Royal Courts of Justice in London that they did indeed carry out the Islamophobic and brutal assault on Babar Ahmad in December 2003. Moreover, they paid Babar Ahmad £60,000 compensation for damages. However, the Metropolitan Police have still offered no apology for the actions of their officers.
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 four years even though he has not been charged in the UK.
Babar’s family, friends and campaigners have mounted a high profile campaign for his release. His final appeal against extradition at The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg was rejected in September 2012 along with an application for a judicial review at the High Court. He was extradited to the US on 5th October and entered a not guilty plea the following day in Connecticut where has been remanded in custody. If convicted he faces the rest of his natural life in solitary confinement in a maximum security US ‘Supermax’ prison.
Babar's father Ashfaq Ahmad Campaigning for his release