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Babar Ahmad’s trial begins

Issue No. 1929

BABAR AHMAD’s extradition hearing officially started on Thursday of last week. Babar is threatened with being sent to the US to face charges of running a website supporting “terrorists” in Chechnya and Afghanistan.

The hearing was adjourned until 16 December. Under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003 Babar’s lawyers cannot challenge the evidence presented by the US government.

Instead they will be arguing that Babar will not face a fair trial in the US.

During the hearing the prosecution claimed that a raid on Babar Ahmad’s house had uncovered a “pro-9/11 DVD”.

“The truth is that this DVD is widely available in the shops and was even broadcast on BBC television,” said Ashfaq Ahmad, Babar’s father, in a statement after the hearing. “Furthermore, the proceeds from the sales of this DVD went to the firefighters’ union in New York.”

He added, “We all know that the US is notorious for abuse of human rights, and is also responsible for killing thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan. They cannot be trusted to give my son a fair trial.”

Demonstrate in support of Babar Ahmad, Sunday 28 November, 12.30pm outside Woodhill Prison, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes. Coaches will leave Tooting, London at 9.30am. For more details go to www.stoppoliticalterror.com. For background on Babar’s case, go to www.freebabarahmad.com


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Sat 27 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1929
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