The campaign to free detainee Babar Ahmad got a boost from a large meeting organised by students at Imperial College, London, last week. Students in Imperial Against Imperialism (the college’s anti-war group), Amnesty International and the Islamic Society got around 160 people to the meeting.
Afterwards a motion was presented to the student union council where after much controversy it was passed as union policy. The motion was helped by 50 or 60 people who turned up in support of the campaign even though they could not vote on whether or not the motion should be accepted.
Now that Babar’s case is supported by the union there will be a meeting with the union president to plan a week of action involving the three societies to raise awareness about the case. This will hopefully bring together a large number of Imperial students to join the demonstration on Wednesday 2 March when Babar’s trial starts at Bow Street Magistrates Court.
Supporters are also asked to assemble outside the court on Thursday 3 March, between 3pm and 5pm, to hear the judge’s final verdict on whether or not Babar is to be extradited.
For more information on Babar Ahmad’s campaign, go to www.freebabarahmad.com