Scores of politicians, lawyers, journalists and activists joined the families of Babar Ahmad, Talha Ahsan, Gary McKinnon and Richard O’Dwyer at an emergency meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday 20 June 2012 to discuss their impending extradition.

 

There was cross-parliamentary support for the extraditions to be halted in favour of domestic prosecutions with contributions from the Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP (Labour), John McDonnell MP (Labour) Zac Goldsmith MP (Conservative), Caroline Lucas MP (Green ) and John Hemming MP (Lib-Dem), who hosted the meeting.  Other contributions came from Isabella Swankey (Liberty), Gareth Peirce (solicitor for Babar and Talha), David Bermingham (NatWest 3), Lord Maginnis, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Ashfaq Ahmad (father of Babar Ahmad) and journalist Victoria Brittain.

 

It was unanimously agreed that it was not in the interests of justice for any of the four men to be extradited to the US and that they should be tried in the UK.

 

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