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Babar Ahmad denied debate

Issue No. 2278

Babar Ahmad has been refused a debate on his case in the House of Commons.

This is despite his campaign getting 140,538 signatures on the government e-petition site.

Instead the motion will be tacked onto a pre-existing discussion on extradition, led by Tory MP Dominic Raab.

This will take place on 24 November, not in the Commons but Westminster Hall.

Other subjects have been debated after getting far fewer signatures. However, this supposed extension of democracy only promises that the issue 'could be debated in the House of Commons'.

Babar Ahmad is a south London IT worker who has been held without trial for seven years. He is fighting extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges.

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Tue 15 Nov 2011, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2278
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