My Name is Ahsan – Public Meeting on Unjust Extradition of British Citizens to the USWritten by CP Editor Thursday, 17 May 2012
Syed Talha Ahsan is the little-known co-defendant of Babar Ahmad. Ahsan has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and has been in prison without charge in HMP Long Lartin for almost 6 years.
UNJUST EXTRADITION OF BRITISH CITIZENS TO THE US MUST STOP
WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY
HEND HOUSE (also Zakat House),
233 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE, LONDON WC2 BEE
CHAIR: BRUCE KENT
SUPPORTED BY LIBERTY
FR JOE RYAN (Chair, Westminster Justice and Peace Commission)
ISABELLA SANKEY (Liberty),
SALMA YAQOOB (Respect)
RIZ AHMED (Actor, The Road to Guantanamo, Four Lions)
DAVID BERMINGHAM (Natwest 3)
Nearest underground: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn
Buses 25, 73, 19, 38, 29, 134
UK CITIZENS ACCUSED OF CRIMES ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED IN THE UK SHOULD BE TRIED IN BRITAIN ON THE BASIS OF EVIDENCE OPEN TO CHALLENGE IN OUR COURTS.
SYED TALHA AHSAN, AND HIS CO-DEFENDANT, BABAR AHMAD, ARE AMONGST THEM, AS ARE COMPUTER GEEK GARY McKINNON, AND STUDENT RICHARD O’DWYER, WHOSE CASE WAS DESCRIBED AS “LUDICROUS” BY THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT. EILEEN CLARK’S 15 YEAR OLD CASE INVOLVES “KIDNAPPING” HER GROWNUP CHILDREN WHO CALL THE CASE “ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.”
TALHA WAS BORN IN LONDON IN 1979. HE IS A GRADUATE WITH FIRST CLASS HONOURS. HE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME, LIKE GARY MCKINNON.
IN 2006 HE WAS ARRESTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE UNITED STATES. HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON HERE EVER SINCE, WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL, RESISTING EXTRADITION TO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A COUNTRY HE HAS NEVER BEEN TO AND WHERE HE HAS NEITHER FRIENDS OR RELATIONS
HE FACES EXTRADITION WITHIN A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE EUROPEAN COURT REFUSED TO BLOCK IT. HE HAS NEVER BEEN ARRESTED OR QUESTIONED BY BRITISH POLICE.
WE WANT TO PREVENT THE EXTRADITION OF ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS AND ASK OUR GOVERNMENT TO PUT THEM ON TRIAL IN THE UK AND HAVE FAITH IN OUR OWN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
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