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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.

We encourage supporters to prepare their own letters using the above points. A sample letter is below for your convenience but a personalised letter always carries more weight.
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Action Alert: Write to the Foreign Secretary, British Ambassador, and Your MP regarding continuing isolation of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan

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FREE BABAR AHMAD


5 November 2012


 

 

 

It has now been one month since Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the US. Without being permitted to even make one final telephone call to their loved ones, they were transferred into the custody of US marshals and flown to Connecticut, where they are now in 23 hour solitary isolation.

 

Since their extradition, neither Babar nor Talha have been able to telephone their families or write to them despite sufficient funds having been transferred to them to do this. Furthermore, letters which the family members have sent to the men have not been given to them, increasing their isolation. The families have no idea what condition Babar and Talha are in or why they have been unable to communicate.

 

We request all campaigners and supporters to write to the British Foreign Secretary, the British Ambassador to the US and and your own Member of Parliament to request that they urgently intervene to ensure that regular contact is established between the men and their families.

 

Sample letters are below for your convenience (please do not forget to insert your name and and full address) but it is always more effective to use your own words. It is also possible to send your comments using Twitter and Facebook.

 

Kindly send a copy of your correspondence and any replies received to fco@freebabarahmad.com


Please send your letters to

 

1. The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA

 

Email: haguew@parliament.uk

Tweet: @WilliamJHague

 

2. H.E. Sir Peter Westmacott

HM Ambassador to the United States

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008

USA

 

Tel.: 001 (202) 588 6500

Fax: 001 (202) 588 7850

Tweet: @ukinusa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ukinusa

 

If you do not live in the UK, please also send a letter to the British Ambassador to your country. You can find the details at http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy/

 

 

3. Your MP

 

Visit http://www.writetothem.com and follow the instructions to send your MP a message.

 

 


 

1. Sample Letter to Foreign Secretary

 

Dear Mr Hague

 

Re: Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan

 

On 5 October 2012, two British citizens Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the US where they are now being detained in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, a situation the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez recently said amounted to torture. It has been one month since they were extradited and their families have not received any communication from them. Letters and cards sent by the families to the men have not been given to them. Both men have elderly and infirm parents who are becoming increasingly worried by the lack of contact with their sons.

 

Their trials are scheduled to begin in October 2013 until which time they will continue to be detained in these extremely harsh conditions, which would not be tolerated in a British prison. In Mr Ahsan’s case, it is particularly worrying considering he has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s and assessed as being at risk of committing suicide. Recent statistics revealed by the US senate suggest that 50 percent of prison suicides occur in solitary confinement. The men’s isolation has only been aggravated by any form of communication between them and their loved ones also being prevented.

 

Irrespective of the crimes for which Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan are accused, you have a duty towards them as British citizens that they and their family members are treated fairly and humanely.

 

I request that you take immediate action to ensure that regular contact is urgently established between the men and their families.

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

 

 


 

2. Sample Letter to British Ambassador

 

Dear Sir Westmacott

 

Re: Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan

 

On 5 October 2012, two British citizens Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the US where they are now being detained in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, a situation the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez recently said amounted to torture. It has been one month since they were extradited and their families have not received any communication from them. Letters and cards sent by the families to the men have not been given to them. Both men have elderly and infirm parents who are becoming increasingly worried by the lack of contact with their sons.

 

Their trials are scheduled to begin in October 2013 until which time they will continue to be detained in these extremely harsh conditions, which would not be tolerated in a British prison. In Mr Ahsan’s case, it is particularly worrying considering he has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s and assessed as being at risk of committing suicide. Recent statistics revealed by the US senate suggest that 50 percent of prison suicides occur in solitary confinement. The men’s isolation has only been aggravated by any form of communication between them and their loved ones also being prevented.

 

Irrespective of the crimes for which Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan are accused, you have a duty towards them as British citizens that they and their family members are treated fairly and humanely.

 

I request that you take immediate action to ensure that regular contact is urgently established between the men and their families.

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

 

 


 

3. Sample letter to MP

 

 

Dear [INSERT MP NAME]

 

Re: Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan

 

On 5 October 2012, two British citizens Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the US where they are now being detained in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, a situation the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez recently said amounted to torture. It has been one month since they were extradited and their families have not received any communication from them. Letters and cards sent by the families to the men have not been given to them. Both men have elderly and infirm parents who are becoming increasingly worried by the lack of contact with their sons.

 

Their trials are scheduled to begin in October 2013 until which time they will continue to be detained in these extremely harsh conditions, which would not be tolerated in a British prison. In Mr Ahsan’s case, it is particularly worrying considering he has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s and assessed as being at risk of committing suicide. Recent statistics revealed by the US senate suggest that 50 percent of prison suicides occur in solitary confinement. The men’s isolation has only been aggravated by any form of communication between them and their loved ones also being prevented.

 

Irrespective of the crimes for which Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan are accused, our government has a duty towards them as British citizens that they and their family members are treated fairly and humanely.

 

As my Member of Parliament, I request that you write to the Foreign Secretary on my behalf and ask him to take immediate action to ensure that regular contact is urgently established between the two men and their families.

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

 

 

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