The demonstrators presented a petition to the British government against the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer, Gary McKinnon, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan to the US in the near future.
Richard O’Dwyer, a 23-year old student, is being charged in the US for breaking its copyright laws and Gary McKinnon, a computer hacker who was searching for proof of UFOs online, is facing extradition on charges of hacking into American government computers. This is while none of these UK citizens have ever even been to the US.
Moreover, Babar Ahmad, a 36-year-old computer expert who has been held without charge or trial for eight years, is facing extradition to the US on charges of fundraising for terrorists.
He has been held pending extradition since 2004, reportedly the longest time a British national has been detained without trial in modern times.
Furthermore, Talha Ahsan, a 33-year-old Muslim who was arrested in 2006 in response to an extradition request from the US, is being accused of alleged terrorism-related offenses over his involvement with a series of websites.
Meanwhile, according to new figures revealed by Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, seven Britons have been extradited to the US only for every one American who has been brought to face trial in the UK.
Calling for urgent reforms in the Extradition Act between Britain and the US, campaigners say that the agreement is now at its most “lopsided”.