Babar Ahmad accuses Britain of ‘outsourcing’ his terror case to US

April 5, 2012

The Guardian on April 5, 2012 released the following:

“Briton detained without charge since 2004 while fighting extradition to US makes televised plea to be tried in the UK

Babar Ahmad, the British man jailed without trial since 2004 while fighting extradition on terror charges, has pleaded to be tried in Britain and accused the police of “outsourcing” his case to the US.

Ahmad, accused of running a US-hosted website that encouraged terrorism, said he had never been formally questioned about the allegations against him or been presented with any evidence.

Ahmad, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme following a high court challenge by the broadcaster to secure the interview, admitted he had previously fought “battles” in Bosnia but said he believed terrorism to be wrong.

He told the programme: “I am facing extradition to the United States and spending the rest of my life in solitary confinement. I have never been questioned about allegations against me and I have never been shown any evidence against me.

“It is fair to say I’m fighting for my life and I’m running out of time.”

Ahmad said that if he had been charged and tried in 2003 it is likely he would have been released from a British prison by now, even if he had been found guilty.

He accused the British police of “outsourcing” the case to the Americans. He said: “All the offences against me are alleged to have happened in this country.

“Had the police and CPS put me on trial in 2003 – which they could have done – I would have left prison years ago regardless of the outcome. I have been in this nightmare fighting extradition for the past eight years.

“I absolutely reject any allegation that I have supported terrorism in any way and in any place – whether in Chechnya, or Afghanistan, or any other part of the world.

“I believe terrorism to be wrong and I believe targeting and killing innocent people to be wrong.”

He added: “The right place for me to respond to these allegations is either in a court of law or a formal police interview.”

The BBC is scheduled to broadcast the full interview on Thursday’s Newsnight.”

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British Fight Extradition of Babar Ahmad to US

July 29, 2011

A senior Parliamentary committee has called for the Government to take immediate action to stop the extradition of British detainee, Babar Ahmad, to the US.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published a report on UK Extradition Policy, in which they investigated cases of extradition to America, where the evidence used was gathered by UK police, in the UK, about acts committed on UK soil and where the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to prosecute. In these situations, it would be expected for the accused to be released, as with them having not been prosecuted, there would be no reason for them to be further detained. However, under Article 5(3) of the US-UK Extradition Treaty 2003, extradition is allowed where the competent authorities of the Requested State have decided not to prosecute, discontinue prosecution or are still investigating. The US has requested the extradition of Babar Ahmad under this article.

Ahmad is the longest detained-without-charge British detainee in modern history, having been held as a part of the global “war on terror” for the last six years.

Commenting on the UK’s extradition policy, particularly on Article 5(3), the JCHR stated at paragraph 196 of their report: “We recommend that the Government urgently renegotiate this article of the US-UK extradition treaty to exclude the possibility that extradition is requested and granted in cases such as that of (…) Mr Ahmad, where the UK police and prosecution authorities have already made a decision not to charge or prosecute an individual on the same evidence adduced by the US authorities to request extradition.”

This statement follows the recent comment, made by Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC, Recorder of Westminster and Deputy High Court Judge, for Ahmad’s “ordeal” to come to an end.

Having received these recent comments, the family of Babar Ahmad are calling upon the British Government to either release him, or to put him on trial in the UK. They of course join the senior Parliamentary committee in protesting Ahmad’s extradition to the US, and are appealing to the UK’s current extradition laws.

When asked by The Muslim News about the controversial UK Extradition Policy, a Home Office spokesperson said, “The UK’s extradition arrangements are currently being reviewed by an independent panel to ensure they operate effectively and in the interests of justice.”

As the aspects of the policy that we asked about are the main aspects being questioned in the review, they felt it would be “inappropriate to comment further”.

However, the review is not expected to be completed until the end of this summer, which could prove to be too late for many victims of the UK Extradition Policy.

This article was written by Saliha Shariff and published by The Muslim News on July 29, 2011.

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

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The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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