Supporters of a British man who has spent seven years imprisoned without charge today demanded a full inquiry into the alleged mishandling of his case by British prosecutors.

 

Babar Ahmad, who is wanted by the US on alleged terror charges, remains incarcerated at Long Lartin prison where he is fighting extradition.

 

His supporters argue that he should either be tried in this country, where the alleged offence was said to have been committed, or released.

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has repeatedly maintained that there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute Mr Ahmad for any crime in this country.

 

But last November the CPS admitted that it had reviewed only “some of the material” gathered during searches of his house and office, with most of the evidence handed directly to the US authorities without the CPS seeing it.

 

The Free Babar Ahmad (FBA) Campaign is urging all supporters to write to Attorney General Dominic Grieve to demand a full public inquiry into what it described as a “serious and unprecedented abuse of process.”

 

Meanwhile the European Court of Human Rights will rule on Tuesday whether Mr Ahmad and five other men can be sent to the US where it is argued they will potentially face extremely long sentences and long periods in solitary confinement.

 

Four of the men — Babar Ahmad, Haroon Rashid Aswat, Syed Tahla Ahsan, Mustafa Kamal Mustafa (better known as Abu Hamza) — are British citizens.

 

The other two are Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian citizen and Khaled al-Fawwaz, a Saudi Arabian citizen.

 

The men have asked the Strasbourg court to block their extradition on the grounds that their treatment in the US would violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

Richard Haley, chairman of Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, one of the groups opposing the extradition, said: “Solitary confinement is torture.

 

“Prisoners in the US are subjected to it for years on end.

 

“If the European Court of Human Rights blocks these extraditions, it will be a key step towards international recognition that prolonged solitary confinement is flat-out wrong and has to stop.”

SOURCE: Morning Star

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