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Lords refuse to hear Babar Ahmad's appeal against extradition to the US

Published Tue 12 Jun 2007
Issue No. 2055

Campaigners for Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with extradition to the US on trumped-up 'terrorism' charges, have reacted with anger to a decision by the House of Lords to refuse him an appeal.

Babar's lawyers argue that he faces the threat of Guantanamo Bay-style justice – extraordinary rendition or military custody – if he is sent to the US.

But the House of Lords has outrageously ruled that these questions are not matters of 'public importance'. This decision effectively allows the US to legally kidnap British citizens on the basis of nothing more than allegations.

The only hope for Babar's family now lies with the European Court of Human Rights, which could decide to intervene in the case – otherwise Babar will be put on a plane to the US within days.

'This is a complete travesty of justice and we are devastated by the news,' said a family statement.

'After three years of imprisonment without charge, Babar is being sent to face a flawed justice system in the US. We cannot understand why he should face extradition.'

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies also condemned the Lords decision.

'The idea that the Americans can simply click their fingers and demand any British citizen will unsettle many within the Muslim community, as well as the population at large,' said the organisation's spokesperson Faisal Hanjra.


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Tue 12 Jun 2007, 19:56 BST
Issue No. 2055
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