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Babar Ahmad — ‘Time for diplomacy is over’

Issue No. 1954

Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who faces extradition to the US on trumped up “terrorism” charges, has hit out at the court decision last month to proceed with his extradition.

“The 17 May 2005 verdict supporting my extradition to the US was more than a nail in the coffin of British justice,” he said in response to the ruling.

“It was a slap in the face of Britain’s two million Muslims. I call upon Britain’s Muslim leaders to make their feelings heard—publicly, loud and clear.

“The days of quiet, behind the scenes diplomacy are over. Everyone must make clear which side they are on.”

Babar’s case now goes before home secretary Charles Clarke. The Free Babar Ahmad campaign is calling on its supporters to urgently put pressure on Clarke through their MPs.

A lobbying pack with sample letters is available for download from the campaign website.

Babar stresses that the decision to extradite is now in the hands of the government. “After the general election, Tony Blair said that he had ‘listened and learned’. Let him now prove it—in action, not words.”

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Sat 4 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1954
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