Babar Ahmad extradition hearing, 18 April 2005, Bow Street Magistrates Court

by Stephen Hewitt

On 18 April 2005 a hearing for the extradition of Babar Ahmad took place at Bow Street Magistrates Court. Entering the building at around 11:00am, I was told that the court room the hearing was full. Outside the building a crowd was standing, some with white balloons on which was printed “FREE BABAR AHMAD” and some with placards. They were addressed by several speakers, including Moazzam Begg, a survivor of the American Guantanamo prison. These photographs are just outside the building.

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A few months later, I spoke to Babar Ahmad's wife. She confirmed that the website www.freebabarahmad.com is run “by us”. She also confirmed that she was present when police assaulted Babar Ahmad, having woken them both up in their home. These police had not been prosecuted. She was speaking while attending a public conference on 16 July 2005 with Babar Ahmad's father. In a public speech at the conference, she said that the Home Secretary had just announced a two month delay in his decision, which was therefore expected in mid-September.

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