I pray this finds you in the best of health.
Thank you for your continuing support for the campaign to stop my son Babar Ahmad’s extradition to the US . It has now been over three months since the historic debate in Parliament in which a motion was passed calling for the extradition laws to be urgently amended. This debate was a direct result of your tremendous efforts in raising over 141,000 signatures for the e-petition which we launched last August. Nevertheless, it seems that our government is stubbornly refusing to change its ways and Babar remains in prison, over seven and a half years after he was arrested, without trial.
In recent weeks, the Home Secretary has authorised the extradition to the US of young man from Sheffield, Richard O’Dwyer, for online file sharing which is not even a crime in the UK . Even worse, the government has actually extradited a British pensioner, Christopher Tappin, to the US where he has been refused bail and is being held in 23 hour a day solitary confinement while he awaits trial. We can only imagine what horrific treatment lies in store for Babar if, God forbid, he is extradited.
The European Court of Human Rights has still not made a decision on Babar’s case but we expect that it will do so imminently. In the event that it is a negative decision, I fear that Babar will be on a plane the next day. Even if it is positive, I fear that certain elements in the media will put immense pressure on the government to ignore the ruling. In any event, it is imperative that we mobilise from now to ensure that are in the strongest position to stop his extradition.
On 23 March 1775, one of the founding fathers of America Patrick Henry gave a rousing speech in which he famously said, “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave”. In that revolutionary spirit, I ask you all to take action this Friday 23 March towards securing Babar’s freedom by promoting the Free Babar Ahmad Facebook and Twitter pages. This will ensure that we can get updates and action alerts out to as many people as quickly as possible as when the news from Strasbourg comes, there will be little time.
Thank you for your continued support which has helped to keep me strong in this ongoing struggle.
We are aiming to have at least 10,000 people following the Twitter account and 10,000 likes on the Facebook page by the end of the day. All you need to do is
(a) Ask all your Facebook friends to ‘like’ the FBA Facebook page.
(b) Post a #FF or #FridayFollow for @FreeBabarAhmad on your Twitter account and explain why.
(c) Ask other Twitter users you follow to also put out a #FF for @FreeBabarAhmad.