Four Metropolitan Police officers have gone on trial accused of a sustained and violent attack on a terror suspect.

Babar Ahmad was arrested in a dawn raid on his home in Fountain Road, Tooting, south London, on 2 December 2003.

The officers attacked him at home and on the journey to Charing Cross police station, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Pc Nigel Cowley, Det Con John Donogue, Pc Roderick James-Bowen and Pc Mark Jones all deny assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, told the jury that the officers kicked, punched and stamped on the suspect’s feet.

They then allegedly forced him into a praying position and one shouted: “Where is your God now?”

Trial delays

Mr Ahmad offered no resistance to arrest, the court was told.

Mr Laidlaw said delays in the trial – which has started more than seven years after the alleged assault – were caused by internal investigations, obtaining medical opinions and case reviews.

The officers were part of the Territorial Support Group at the time, which assisted the Anti-Terrorist Branch in the arrest operation.

Mr Ahmad, who was a suspected jihadist with training as a terrorist, was released without charge after six days.

He is currently in custody awaiting extradition to the US for alleged terrorism offences. He has been fighting that decision since 2004.

The jury was told the British courts granted the extradition, but Mr Ahmad appealed and the case has not yet been resolved.

SOURCE: BBC News Online

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