Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, two British men extradited to the US in October last year after long court cases, appeared in court in New Haven yesterday, Tuesday, and changed their pleas to guilty.
If found guilty without a plea bargain, Talha would have faced a sentence of 70 years. This is now reduced to 15, which will include the years he has already been detained. Babar could still face a 25 year sentence. They will now also have the possibility of serving time in a British prison.
Talha’s brother Hamja Ahsan told Socialist Worker, “We are just hoping that the
Moazzam Begg of Cage Prisoners said, "We must be careful against seeing this as an admission of guilt. Rather, Babar had little choice but to make this decision after finding himself amid torturous conditions within the impossible labyrinth of
“This episode is a damning indictment of a system that does not rest until it saps its victims’ hope and tramples their dignity underfoot.”
Babar Ahmad spent eight years fighting extradition to the
The two are charged under terrorism laws, accused of running websites which supported Islamist fighters in