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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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Action Alert: Mobilize to Stop the Extradition of Babar Ahmad to the US

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With the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on Babar's case imminently due and in light of the tragic extradition of British pensioner Christopher Tappin to the US, the Free Babar Ahmad (FBA) Campaign is urging all supporters to take action this Friday 23 March 2012 to mobilize to stop Babar's extradition to the US.

Please read the appeal below from Babar's father, Ashfaq Ahmad, and see what you can do to help.

 

 

Dear Supporter


I pray this finds you in the best of health.

Thank you for your continuing support for the campaign to stop my son Babar Ahmad’s extradition to the US . It has now been over three months since the historic debate in Parliament in which a motion was passed calling for the extradition laws to be urgently amended. This debate was a direct result of your tremendous efforts in raising over 141,000 signatures for the e-petition which we launched last August. Nevertheless, it seems that our government is stubbornly refusing to change its ways and Babar remains in prison, over seven and a half years after he was arrested, without trial.

In recent weeks, the Home Secretary has authorised the extradition to the US of young man from Sheffield, Richard O’Dwyer, for online file sharing which is not even a crime in the UK . Even worse, the government has actually extradited a British pensioner, Christopher Tappin, to the US where he has been refused bail and is being held in 23 hour a day solitary confinement while he awaits trial. We can only imagine what horrific treatment lies in store for Babar if, God forbid, he is extradited.

The European Court of Human Rights has still not made a decision on Babar’s case but we expect that it will do so imminently. In the event that it is a negative decision, I fear that Babar will be on a plane the next day. Even if it is positive, I fear that certain elements in the media will put immense pressure on the government to ignore the ruling. In any event, it is imperative that we mobilise from now to ensure that are in the strongest position to stop his extradition.

On 23 March 1775, one of the founding fathers of America Patrick Henry gave a rousing speech in which he famously said, “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave”. In that revolutionary spirit, I ask you all to take action this Friday 23 March towards securing Babar’s freedom by promoting the Free Babar Ahmad Facebook and Twitter pages. This will ensure that we can get updates and action alerts out to as many people as quickly as possible as when the news from Strasbourg comes, there will be little time.

Thank you for your continued support which has helped to keep me strong in this ongoing struggle.

Ashfaq Ahmad

 

Action Required

 

In order to ensure that updates and urgent action alerts can reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible, we request you all to promote the FBA Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

We are aiming to have at least 10,000 people following the Twitter account and 10,000 likes on the Facebook page by the end of the day. All you need to do is

 

(a) Ask all your Facebook friends to 'like' the FBA Facebook page.

 

(b) Post a #FF or #FridayFollow for @FreeBabarAhmad on your Twitter account and explain why.

 

(c) Ask other Twitter users you follow to also put out a #FF for @FreeBabarAhmad.

 

(d) Email the FBA Facebook and Twitter pages to all your email contacts  and ask them to 'like' and 'follow'.

 

(e) Send a text message or WhatsApp message on your smartphone the FBA Facebook and Twitter pages links to all your contacts asking them to 'like' and 'follow'.

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