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Babar Ahmad hearing blow

Issue No. 1952

The campaign to free Babar Ahmad hit a setback on Tuesday of this week when a judge ruled in favour of his extradition to the US. His lawyers plan a high court appeal against the decision.

The US government wants to extradite Babar, an IT worker from south London, to face trumped-up “terrorism” charges.

Babar’s lawyers argued that if he was handed over to the US, there was a real risk he would be designated an “enemy combatant” and face military justice.

The prosecution presented a “diplomatic note” promising Babar would not be designated an enemy combatant or handed over to the military.

Judge Timothy Workman ruled that the note “does bind the American government, which includes the president of the US”.

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Sat 21 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1952
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