Statement of Babar Ahmad upon Judgment being given in his favour in his action against the Metropolitan Police

After 5 years of denial, I am pleased today that the Metropolitan Police has accepted that its officers subjected me to horrific abuse on the night of 2nd December 2003. This abuse took place not in Guantanamo Bay or a secret torture chamber but in Tooting, South London.

I would like to thank my family and all those who have supported me in my campaign for justice. I would especially like to thank my legal team who have spent many years fighting for me.

I can now put this incident behind me and focus on my fight to prevent my extradition to the US. I hope that the UK Government will too realise that it has been wrong to detain me in prison without trial for 5 years.

Let this case be a lesson to other victims of abuse in the war on terror. The path to justice is long and difficult, but as long as you remain steadfast upon it, you will get there in the end.

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