Socialist Worker

Babar Ahmad’s court case begins

Issue No. 2143

Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who has been detained without charge in Britain for over four years, started his civil suit against the Metropolitan Police for assault in the High Court on Monday of this week.

Babar says police officers kicked and punched him, forced him to the ground and ordered him to pray when they arrested him on 2 December 2003 at 5.40am. One officer said to him, “Where is your god now?”, he says.

Socialist Worker reported Babar’s mistreatment on its front page in August 2004, shortly after he had been rearrested. He has been in prison ever since, fighting extradition to the US on terrorism charges.

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