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Court rules in favour of Babar Ahmad

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2210

The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that, after six years in prison without charge, Babar Ahmad should not be extradited to the US. Judges ruled that his extradition should be temporarily frozen due to deep concerns regarding possible “cruel and unusual punishment”.

Ahmad, a 36-year-old IT worker, has been held without trial and refused bail since his arrest in August 2004 on a US extradition warrant on trumped up charges.

Last year Babar was awarded £60,000 at the High Court in London after the Metropolitan Police admitted subjecting him to “grave abuse tantamount to torture” in December 2003.

Four people held by Britain went to the European court arguing the sentences they face were a form of physical torture and thus a breach of their human rights.

The court in Strasbourg has already been considering the cases for three years, and has asked for more submissions by 2 September to be made before it reaches a final ruling.

Babar should be brought to trial immediately in Britain or released.

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Tue 13 Jul 2010, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2210
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