Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar Ahmad, is to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister at Downing Street, tomorrow on Saturday 23 June 2012.
Mr Ahmad asks for the CPS to urgently revisit Babar Ahmad’s case so that he can be put on trial in the UK. Extraditing him ‘will not get rid of the problem but only open a can of worms.’
The letter will be delivered on the back of a peaceful demonstration outside Downing Street, organised by the ‘We Are Babar Ahmad Campaign’; an independent campaign group whose work seeks to supplement the official family-led campaign.
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Notes to Editors:
1. A copy of the letter to the Prime Minister can be read here: https://freebabarahmad.com/the-story/latest-news/item/421-letter-from-ashfaq-ahmad-to-the-prime-minister-david-cameron
2. The demonstration will take place between 13.00 and 15.00 on Saturday 23 June outside Downing Street. Speakers include Gareth Peirce, Bruce Kent, Julia O’ Dwyer, John McDonnell MP, David Birmingham (Natwest Three) and others.
3. Babar Ahmad has until 10 July 2012 to appeal to the Grand Chamber at the European Court of Human Rights to stay his extradition. He has been detained without trial since 5 August 2004 following an extradition request from the US. A complete timeline of Babar Ahmad’s case from the moment he was arrested on 2 December 2003 can be viewed at https://www.freebabarahmad.com/the-story/timeline .
4. On 22 November 2011, the Crown Prosecution Service admitted that it had never reviewed all the evidence seized from Babar Ahmad’s home before it was sent to the US authorities. The CPS has nevertheless repeatedly refused to prosecute Babar Ahmad in the UK claiming that there is “insufficient evidence”. On 24 November 2011, Caroline Lucas MP called for a full public inquiry into the handling of the evidence.
5. In 2005, District Judge Timothy Workman, then the most senior extradition judge in the UK, said about Babar 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.”
6. Further information about the case can be obtained by visiting https://www.freebabarahmad.com or the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FreeBabarAhmad.