Babar Ahmad is a British citizen accused of crimes allegedly committed in the UK. Given that the evidence against him was gathered in Britain, it seems only right that he should be tried in a British court of law. Indeed, in 2005, district judge Timothy Workman, then the most senior extradition judge in the UK, said of Mr Ahmad’s case: “This is a difficult and troubling case. The defendant is a British citizen who is alleged to have committed offences which, if the evidence were available, could have been prosecuted in this country.” Instead, he has been detained without trial for eight years awaiting extradition to the US.


For more than seven years the CPS insisted there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Ahmad, only to admit in November 2011 that it had never reviewed all the evidence seized from his house before it was sent by British police to their US counterparts. In light of the fact that we now know that the evidence should have been available, we ask that this situation is rectified at once by placing Mr Ahmad on trial in a British court. This is the only just resolution of the matter, and one that will salvage the integrity of our criminal justice system.


Emeritus Professor Stuart Hall Open University

Professor Noam Chomsky Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor David Theo Goldberg University of California Irvine

Professor Paul Gilroy London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor John Hutnyk Goldsmiths College, University of London

Professor Neil Lazarus University of Warwick

Professor David Miller University of Bath

Emeritus Professor Robert Moore University of Liverpool

Professor Jenny Nelson Imperial College London

Professor Ludi Simpson University of Manchester

Professor M Shahid Ebrahim University of Bangor

Dr Vron Ware Open University

Dr Anandi Ramamurthy University of Central Lancashire

Dr Arun Kundnani London Metropolitan University

Dr Tariq Mehmood American University of Beirut

Dr Gholam Khiabany University of Sussex

Dr Virinder Kalra University of Manchester

Dr Nisha Kapoor Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Nicholas De Genova Goldsmiths College, University of London

Dr Katy Pal Sian University of Leeds

Dr Paul Kelemen University of Manchester

Dr Christian Klesse

Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh National University of Ireland

Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor University of Leicester

Dr Sanjay Sharma Brunel University

Dr Fozia Bora Cambridge Muslim College

Dr Abul Hassan Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Dr Mustapha Sheikh University of Leeds

Dr Jasmine Gani London School of Economics

Dr Mahbub Gani King’s College London

Dr Shamim Miah University of Huddersfield

Waqas Tufail University of Salford

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