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‘He was subjected to physical assault by police officers’

Issue No. 1914

Babar Ahmad was arrested last December in one of home secretary David Blunkett’s “terror” raids. The 30 year old IT worker from Tooting, south London, was released without charge a week later.

He was rearrested last week and now faces extradition to Guantanamo-style justice in the US, though he still faces no charges in Britain. Dr Adnan Siddiqui, a GP based in south London, examined Babar shortly after his first arrest:

Babar suffered over 40 injuries and had to be seen by hospital specialists straight after his release. His upper right arm was the only part of his body not to be injured.

He suffered renal contusion and head injuries. In layman’s terms, they kicked his kidneys in, they punched his head in.

There was blood in his urine. He might have suffered a skull fracture. These are the sorts of things people die of.

A report by an independent hospital consultant backed up my examination. It stated there was “unequivocal evidence” that Babar was “subjected to a physical and psychological assault by police officers in a relatively controlled manner”.

I first met Babar when I was called up at my surgery by his solicitor. She asked me to examine him. She was concerned about his injuries and angry at police claims that they were self inflicted.

At first the police did not believe I was a doctor. They wanted to see my degree certificate – that was the kind of nonsense I was put through.

Mistreatment in police custody is nothing new. Black people have experienced this already – look at the case of Christopher Alder, who died in police custody in 1998.

People in the establishment are lying to us. The medical profession has a duty to speak out. We have to bring them to account. We cannot accept this.

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