Babar Ahmed. British Justice for a British Citizen

For 7 years a British Citizen has been imprisoned without trial. His name is Babar Ahmad.

His case demonstrates the fearful future of a distorted justice system that fails to protect its own citizens.

Babar Ahmed is still fighting extradition to the USA, under the controversial no-evidence-required Extradition Act 2003, a legislation that allows the US to seek extradition of British citizens without having to provide any evidence first. This is all despite the fact that the UK Crown Prosecution Service declared in July 2004 and December 2006, as did the UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith in September 2006, that there was 'insufficient evidence' to charge Babar Ahmad with any criminal offence under UK law.

Restless Beings is a humanitarian organisation seeking to provide a voice for voiceless, marginalised and silenced communities around the world. This is a call for action in the name of justice and equality. Babar Ahmed, as a British Citizen deserves British Justice. That consists of a fair and open trial and the opportunity to portray his defence.

This is not about innocence or guilt, but the right to stand before a fair trial and have all the evidence bought to light, in the UK.

For the case to be discussed and reviewed in Parliament, 100,000 signatures are needed for the petition. There are just 9 days left to reach the required number of signatures.

If there is one thing you do today, sign this petition and encourage your friends/family to do the same.
Help make a difference to a man's life and to the justice system of this country.

Join us in helping to create change, and help voice the voiceless:
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/885

Comments

Abdul Kadir

I love how the Ummah (and the wider community too) have rallied to support Babar Ahmads basic right to a fair trial.

The Government does not guarantee that there will be a Parliamentary review of the case, but inshallah when we get past 100,000 signatures - we as a community should hold demos and other modes of expression to make sure that they DO give Babar Ahmad a fair trial in the UK. Our efforts do not end with the petition.

Activism people, not slacktivism!

02 November 2011 delete
Nadia Hussain

It's time to initiate the 2nd stage of the Babar Ahmad appeal. We need to write to our local MPs to try to get them to apply pressure in Parliament, to ensure Babar Ahmad's case is raised and debated.

Write to your MP at: http://www.writetothem.com/

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There are template letters below, which you have full permission to use, customise and improve. Spread the word! Invite your friends! We want to see change, so let's be proactive about it!

In case you've missed the news, Babar Ahmad is a man who's facing possible extradition to the U.S. under the Extradition Act 2003, after imprisonment in a maximum security prison here in the UK, for trialling. He's a UK citizen, so he deserves to be tried here for crimes he's supposedly committed here! A petition on the HM Government website saw over 114k signatures in support, meaning the matter is eligible for formal discussion in Parliament. However, the petition is not enough, we need to write to our MPs ( http://www.writetothem.com/). Just write an email message to your MP or edit one of the templates below.

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Letter one:

[Date]

Dear [MP’s name]

I would like to bring to your attention the case of Mr Babar Ahmad, a man who has been imprisoned in a maximum security UK prison for the longest period of time on the basis of a claim that he was involved in providing terrorist information (a court hearing had him released due to lack of evidence for this at first, however he was re-arrested although even this time no evidence was present). To make matters worse, under the Extradition Act 2003, Mr Ahmad is facing the risk of being extradited to the U.S.A. without any evidence being presented for the sake of trial. As I am sure you are aware, a petition on the HM Government website was released, and so far over 114,000 people have signed it in support (as well as it being endorsed by a number of celebrities such as Amir Khan, comedians Mark Thomas and Marcus Brigstocke, and actor Robert Llewellyn) making the matter eligible for debate in Parliament. However, the matter is far from over. Eligibility does not imply necessity, and so it is imperative, for the sake of justice for a fellow human being, that the matter is raised by you to ensure the matter is raised in Parliament.

As my representative in Parliament, I kindly request that you start/sign an Early Day Motion for a debate or devise other steps to ensure the debate is carried into Parliament. In addition, I also kindly request that you carry forward the view that such a draconian law, breaching our human rights in the highest order, must be abolished immediately. Please do confirm with me your intended action on the matter.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely

[Your name]

[House number & Postcode]

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Letter 2 (originally by http://fb.com/harryfear):

[Date]

Dear [MP name],

Could I ask you to clarify your personal position with regard to the
case of Mr Babar Ahmad?

As I suppose you are aware, well over 100k people have now signed the
petition calling for the British government to support the domestic
judicial system, in as much as Mr Ahmad should be tried in this
country, for crimes it is alleged he has committed here — instead of
allowing him to be taken to the US to see 'justice' sought against him
there.

The petition reads:
"Babar Ahmad is a British Citizen who has been detained in the UK for 7
years without trial fighting extradition to the USA under the
controversial no-evidence-required Extradition Act 2003. In June 2011,
the Houses of Parliament, Joint Committee on Human Rights urged the UK government to change the law so that Babar Ahmad’s perpetual threat of extradition is ended without further delay. Since all of the allegations against Babar Ahmad are said to have taken place in the UK, we call upon the British Government to put him on trial in the UK and support British Justice for British Citizens."

I like to think we are a sovereign nation with our own jurisdictions
after all. I like to believe we respect our institutions, including our
judicial system. Perhaps, though, I am naïve and we are actually
incredibly subservient to US will/whim?

Eagerly awaiting your reply, sir/madam.

Regards,

[Your name]

[House number and postcode]

PLEASE CHECK OUT http://www.freebabarahmad.com/ FOR MORE INFO

09 November 2011 delete
Abdul Kadir

Alhamdulillah, The Free Babar Ahmad Campaign is pleased to announce the scheduling of a full votable parliamentary debate on extradition in the House of Commons on Monday 5th December.

Duas please, everyone! :-)

30 November 2011 delete