Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas called for a public enquiry into Babar Ahmad’s case in November 2011 after the Crown Prosecution Service admitted that evidence it should have received in order to make a decision was in fact sent to the United States instead.
Speaking about today’s announcement, Caroline said:
“The decision by the European Court of Human Rights to support the extradition of Babar Ahmad is a crushing disappointment for Babar and his family – and for the 140,000-plus people who signed the e-petition to grant him a trial in his own country.
“The focus in today’s headlines on extremist hate-preacher Abu Hamza should not distract away from the serious injustices in the case of Babar Ahmad and others, and from the need to stop the UK government from outsourcing British justice to the US.
“Ultimately, the mishandling of Babar Ahmad’s case represents a shocking failure of our justice system.
“The fact that the CPS revealed so late in the day that they did not have all the evidence against him, letting Babar languish in prison with the threat of extradition and the false belief that the evidence had been considered, is appalling.
“On our unfair extradition laws, Parliament has already made its voice clear – passing a motion with cross party support in favour of urgent change.
“Last month David Cameron rightly raised the matter with President Obama, but the Government must now bring forward legislation to match.
“Babar has three months before he is likely to be extradited, so Ministers should put an urgent Bill into the Queen’s Speech on 9 May.”
Caroline concluded: “Once again, I add my voice to those calling for an immediate public inquiry into the case of Babar Ahmad, and an urgent change to the dangerously asymmetric extradition treaty between our country and the US.”