23/06/12

Dear Prime Minister,

Re: Babar Ahmad

I moved to Britain in 1963 and spent 25 years in the service of Her Majesty’s government. I paid my taxes and contributed to the fabric of this nation, as have all my children. My son, Babar Ahmad, a British citizen, has now been in prison in this country for the last eight years without charge, in the name of fighting ‘terror’.

 

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Paul Stephenson admitted in court that during Babar’s arrest in December 2003 he was physically, religiously and sexually abused by police officers, despite him offering no resistance. He sustained over 73 injuries, including bleeding in his ears and urine.

 

After his brutal assault, the Metropolitan Police sent Babar’s case to the US so that they could seek his extradition. Had the police followed the correct procedure in 2003 and given the evidence to the CPS, Babar would have been tried in the UK (and probably released by now). Instead, Babar has spent the last eight years of his life in prison without charge, fighting extradition to the US, where he faces the rest of his life in solitary confinement.

 

Our lawyers recently sent to the CPS all the evidence needed to prosecute Babar here. Last year, over 150,000 members of the British public filed an official government e-petition for Babar urging you to do what I ask you now: order the CPS to review Babar’s case so that he can be tried in Britain. Extraditing my son to the US now would not get rid of this problem; it will only open a can of worms.

 

Mr. Cameron, you did not create this problem, but you have the power to fix it. My son could be extradited within weeks unless you intervene. Do the right thing and earn your place in history by ending this injustice now.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Ashfaq Ahmad

 

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