BABAR AHMAD’S extradition hearing to the US on terrorism charges was to start this Thursday, 18 November, at Bow Street magistrates court in London. Mrs Ahmad, Babar’s wife, spoke to Socialist Worker before the hearing:
“On Thursday the prosecution side are going to be giving, not so much their evidence but their allegations.
“We’ve got a demonstration on Sunday 28 November in Milton Keynes, outside HMP Woodhill where Babar is held.
“Also, the BBC has been with our family for two or three months, and plans to show a documentary about Babar’s case.”
The proceedings against Babar will be the first test of the Extradition Act 2003. It was rushed through parliament by home secretary David Blunkett and came into force in January.
The US government does not have to provide evidence of a clear case against Babar in order to extradite him. It simply has to demonstrate that its allegations correspond to an extraditable offence.
In Babar’s case, these allegations include claims he was plotting a terrorist attack on the Empire State Building in New York. The “evidence” consists of a 1970s tourist brochure of the building, kept by his father as a souvenir.
Write to Babar Ahmad at MX5383, HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes MK4 4DA. For information on his case go to www.stoppoliticalterror.com