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Who is Babar Ahmad?

“…Babar Ahmad is a 35 year old British Muslim and the longest detained-without-charge British detainee held as part of the global ‘war on terror’.”

So, a couple of weeks ago I posted a petition for Babar Ahmad to be put on trial in the UK, on my Facebook and Twitter accounts.  The first question I was asked was ‘who is he?’, and ‘why should we sign his petiton?’.  Both good questions.  But both shocked me.  Firsty, I was shocked that a man that had suffered such an injustice at the hands of ‘justice system’ was so little known and secondly I was left somewhat perplexed as to WHY people didn’t know about him.

Babar Ahmad currently has a contingency of volunteers working tirelessly for his release or at least for him to be tried in the UK.  He is a British Muslim who has been caught up in the wave of ‘anti-terror’ legislation and left to pay a high price.  As stated in the website he is:

“…a 37 year old British Muslim and the longest detained-without-charge British detainee held as part of the global ‘war on terror’. In December 2003 Babar was arrested at his London home under anti-terror legislation. By the time he reached the police station Babar had sustained at least 73 forensically recorded injuries, including bleeding in his ears and urine. Six days later he was released without charge.

In August 2004 Babar was re-arrested in London and taken to prison pursuant to an extradition request from the US under the controversial, no-evidence-required, Extradition Act 2003. The US has alleged that in the 1990s Babar was a supporter of “terrorism”. Babar denies any involvement in terrorism. He has now been in prison for six years even though he has not been charged in the UK.”

Babar Ahmad being escorted from HM Prison.

So, here we have a man who has spent the best part of 8 years of his life in prison and solitary confinement.  But the story doesn’t stop there.  He is currently in prison having NOT been charged.  Seriously, he has NOT been charged and is currently sitting in a UK prison, awaiting ‘justice’ at the hands of the American government via the ‘Extradition Act 2003’.

All I ask is for you to take 60 seconds of your time to sign a petition via the Downing Street website to request that Babar Ahmad is put on trial in the UK, this will allow the British Justice system to take its course for British Citizens.  The claims against Babar Ahmad have all been said to have taken place in the UK, so why then the need to go to the US?

Please CLICK HERE to sign the petition.  PLEASE, request your families and friends to sign the petition.  At the time of writing, the petition stands at 15,000 by the 11th November, 100,000 signatures are required.  We as a British community, loyal to the causes of justice are more than capable of this.  Please forward this blog post or just the petiton to your Twitter followers, Facebook friends and email contacts.

Babar Ahmad is OUR Troy Davis.  After the case of Troy Davis, we all promised to stand up for Justice and rights.  Let there not be another life lost or go to waste.  We CAN and MUST do something about this.  Babar has not been charged with anything, it is our responsibility as UK citizens to ensure he receives a fair trial.

A video, of Babar and the C4 news explains the brutality that he suffered at the hands of the police.

Photos, showing the beatings of Babar Ahmad are clear to see.  I should warn that these are graphic.  The Guardian report on the four police officers involved.

If Babar Ahmad is extradited to the USA, he faces LIFE in solitary confinement.  We should take a step back and consider what these means.  A young man, with a young family, who on the face of it has suffered a massive injustice, would face SOLITARY confinement for the rest of his living days.  The Extradiction Act 2003 is in itself flawed, having been fast tracked in order to pander to the US government.  There are clear reasons as to why from EU countries, the UK is the only one to have signed this.

We all share a burden of responsibility, we all MUST do everything we can to ensure he is given a sense of justice, bring this issue to light, ask your friends and families to sign.  It takes all of 60 seconds, barely five clicks of a mouse, think of all the things we do without thinking in 60 seconds.  Such a small self-less act on your part, could well save the life of a man.  Via the FreeBabarAhmad website you will also find a hard copy version of the petition which you can receive physical signatures from but remember to log them on to e-petitions too, as well as an MP Lobby Pack.

Clik the image above, to sign the petition.


2 responses to “Who is Babar Ahmad?

  1. Pingback: What next for Babar Ahmad? « SportyMuslimah

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