Dear John Cryer,
I am writing to you regarding the case of Babar Ahmad, the UK's longest serving detainee without trial (6 years, 2months and counting) who awaits possible extradition to the United States of America. First of all, I want to say that I know Babar personally, know him to be a person of respectable character and if you need any further information about the case please let me know and I will provide this. (You may be interested to have a quick browse of the campaign website: freebabarahmad.com)
I am writing to ask you to please urge the Home Secretary to delay any decision on Babar’s extradition pending the Government’s review of our current extradition legislation, which is to report to Parliament in Autumn 2011.
Moreover, I request you to please write to the Attorney General urging him to instruct the Crown Prosecution Service to bring proceedings against Babar in the UK, whereby he can more readily mount a fair defence.
I understand it was the Labour government which was largely responsible for the one-sided fast-track extradition treaty which we now have and for cases such as Babar's which are against fundamental rules of law but I really hope the Labour party as a collective entity has moved on from the rashness of that era. I thank you in advance and hope to hear back from you.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Letter to MP about Babar Ahmad case
Letter I wrote to my MP just now as part of Cageprisoners' campaign/call for the public to lobby their MPs to allow for Babar Ahmad to be given justice with a fair trial in the UK: