Most people by now have heard of the case of Babar Ahmad - the longest serving British citizen held in prison in the UK for 8 years without trial. Many others are now increasingly becoming aware of Syed Talha Ahsan an autistic man who has been held alongside Babar for 6 years without trial.
Few however have ever heard of the cases Khalid al-Fawwaz who is Britain's longest serving prisoner without trial, unbelievably detained since 1998 for 14 years and Adel Abdel Bary who has been imprisoned in the UK for over 13 years without trial.
All these men, at various levels, have been fighting a highly contrversial extradition treaty between the USA and UK. Between them, these men have been collectivley imprisoned for 41 years without any charge.
They are currently held in a segregated wing at the Detainee Unit, HMP Long Lartin.
The British Government, which claims to pride itself on establishing the rule of law and dispensing justice for all continues to deny these men habeas corpus, basic rights in relation to freedom from imprisonment without trial. Yet in a recent Early Day Motion only 6 out of 650 British Members of Parliament supported the follwoing statement:
...this House considers the imprisonment without conviction of Mr Adel Abdel Bary since 1999, separating him from his wife and children, whilst he contests his extradition to the United States, is inhumane and unjust, given that he is a respected human rights lawyer, previously imprisoned and tortured for his principled opposition to the barbaric Mubarak regime in Egypt and that no credible evidence has been levelled against him; and calls on the Government to reject the US request for extradition and to release Mr Adel Abdel Bary to allow him to return to his family.