The recent arrest of the two men following a police raid on a house in Forest Gate, whereby one of them was shot in the chest, has continued to raise questions about the radicalisation of young Muslims.
This week, a report is being released which shows that the Government has contributed significantly to radicalising a new generation of British Muslims. 2000 copies of the reports have been sent to all Members of Parliament and Lords, leading academics, international embassies and many other institutions throughout the UK.
The report, “A Counter-Productive Extradition Policy: The effect of the Babar Ahmad Case in Radicalising Muslims in Britain” is the result of a 4-month study on the continued detention without charge of British-born Muslim, Babar Ahmad, who is the subject of an extradition request by the United States.
Evidence is provided from emails, letters, weblogs, music, poetry, audio and video excerpts. This report concludes, “The fury, bitterness and ominous threats heaped on the British government…. leave no doubt that British Muslims are being pushed towards extremism by the government’s failure to listen to their pleas and their blind persistence with an unjust and dangerous extradition policy.” The report includes a foreword by Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting and the constituency MP for Babar Ahmad’s family. Babar Ahmad’s case has also received high profile attention and support from many organisations and individuals including Liberty, Muslim Council of Britan and Islamic Human Rights Commission. Shami Chakrabati from Liberty has stated, ” Our extradition arrangements with the US allow UK citizens to be picked up and hauled across the Atlantic like sacks of potatoes. British Muslims are not alone in their disgust at such injustice. They are however, likely to be among the worst victims of it.”
The report, “A Counter-Productive Extradition Policy: The effect of the Babar Ahmad Case in Radicalising Muslims in Britain” , will be available online from www.freebabarahmad.com on Friday 23 rd June 2006. For further information or an exclusive preview of the report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07963537779.
Babar Ahmad is a British-born Muslim who has been detained at a high security prison since August 2004 following an extradition request by the United States under the Extradition Act 2003 on terror-related charges. Babar Ahmad has not been charged with any offence in the UK. Under this Act, the US may not present any evidence in order to seek extradition. The reverse is not true, so the UK must present evidence of wrongdoing to the US before any extradition of a US citizen is sought.
On 10 May 2006, an amendment to the Act to allow extradition only if (a) evidence of wrongdoing was presented and (b) no part of the alleged offence took place in the UK, was defeated in the House of Commons by 293 votes to 224.
Babar Ahmad’s appeal against extradition is due to be heard at the High Court on 11 July 2006.
“A Counter-Productive Extradition Policy: The effect of the Babar Ahmad Case in Radicalising Muslims in Britain” has been written by Khalida Yusuf M.A of the University of London