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Babar Ahmad faces mail restrictions

Issue No. 1946

The extradition hearing for Babar Ahmad, the IT worker from south London threatened with deportation to the US, resumes on Monday 18 April. Babar faces trumped up terrorism charges if deported.

While imprisoned he has received a huge number of letters. However, Babar has told Socialist Worker that he faces restrictions on the material he can receive.

Don’t send books, tapes, CDs or any material in Arabic to Babar or other prisoners in Belmarsh. These items are banned, he says, and are sent back at the prisoner’s expense.

He also asks supporters not to send stamps, envelopes, paper or anything larger than size A5. Printed articles are fine, however.

The costs of returning banned items are taken out of Belmarsh prisoners’ meagre weekly allowances, adds Babar. If no sender is identified, the items are handed over to a charity chosen by the prison governer.

According to Babar’s wife, Mrs Ahmad, a guard told a prisoner requesting religious books:

“If you want Arabic material, you’ll have to pay for a translation yourself. Then we’ll read it and if it’s ok we’ll get it back to you.”

A demonstration is planned outside Babar’s extradition hearing. Assemble at 10am, Monday 18 April, outside Bow Street magistrates court, London WC2 (Covent Garden tube).

Send messages of support to Babar Ahmad, MX5383, HMP Belmarsh, London SE28 0EB

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Sat 9 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1946
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