The interview was recently conducted at HMP Long Lartin following a year-long battle by the BBC against the Ministry of Justice for the right to broadcast and film an interview with Babar Ahmad. It is the first time in history that someone detained in a UK prison, whether on remand like Babar or serving a sentence post-conviction, has been interviewed by the broadcast media . It is also the first time that Babar has spoken in any detail about his case, discussing why he should be tried in the UK and explaining how British police sent all the evidence seized from his home to the US before the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had had an opportunity to see it, a fact admitted by the CPS in November 2011.
Babar discusses his arrest, the assault on him by the police, and his ongoing detention while he fights extradition to the US, where he faces allegations of fundraising for Chechen and Afghan insurgents through websites based in the UK.
Please promote this interview among all your family and friends, colleagues and contacts, MPs and councillors, to ensure that Babar’s side of the story is heard by as many people as possible, before the European Court of Human Rights judgement on his case next Tuesday 10 April 2012.