A terror suspect from south London who claims he was badly beaten up by police has admitted that he fought in Bosnia – but insisted he was not an “al Qaida superman”.
Babar Ahmad, 37, was accused of battling like a “caged tiger” when officers arrested him in an early morning raid at his home in Tooting in 2003, Southwark Crown Court heard.
He said he travelled to Bosnia three or four times to fight during the bloody 1992-1995 war, and confirmed that he was only months from getting a black belt in kung fu when he was held.
But the multi-lingual engineering graduate rejected depictions of himself as an “al Qaida-Jackie Chan-Rambo figure” and said he did not struggle against the officers arresting him.
Mr Ahmad claims that he thought he was going to die when four members of the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group allegedly beat him in his home, in a police van and at a police station.
He was never charged in relation to his arrest but is in custody awaiting extradition to the US for alleged terrorism offences.
Police Constables Roderick James-Bowen, 40, Mark Jones, 43, and Nigel Cowley, 34, and Detective Constable John Donohue, 37, deny assaulting the suspect during his arrest in the early hours of December 2 2003.
Giving evidence against the officers, Mr Ahmad said he first went to Bosnia to fight when he was 18, and suffered a shrapnel wound in his head, probably from a hand grenade, the court heard.
The suspect, who speaks English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, French and Russian, was in the Combined Cadet Force at school and studied aeronautical engineering at the prestigious Imperial College London.
Mr Ahmad denied suggestions that he was in a kung fu stance when the officers arrived to arrest him, insisting he was holding his arms up to surrender