Labour’s justice spokesman Sadiq Khan has said that the terror suspect Babar Ahmad should be charged in the United Kingdom instead of being extradited to the US to face terrorism charges the Guardian has learnt.
The British prosecutors admitted that they were not putting Ahmad on trial after examining some of the evidence against him eventhough a major part of the evidence was collected by the British police.
The Human Rights Court had ruled for the extradition of Babar Ahmad alongwith other four men charged on various terrorrist offences. They are being held in Britain.
Ahmad has been accused by the US of running a website called Azzam Publications and provided support to terrorists and was involved in a conspiracy to kill.
Sadiq Khan representing the constituency of Tooting in South London is the MP for Ahmad and another man Syed Talha Ahsan who is also facing extradition to the US.
He wrote a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May saying that all the material evidence was not viewed by the Crown Prosecution Service while majority of it was sent to the United States authorities without ensuring whether the case could be dealt in the UK itself. He added that the home office need to satisfy whether proper procedures were followed at all stages or not.
He stated in another letter to the attorney general that it was clear that the bulk of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan police was provided directly to the US authorities without the CPS reiviewing it.
Ahmad’s family and lawyers had always believed the CPS had viewed all the evidence before deciding not to bring charges in the UK, which left the way open for the US extradition attempt.
But last November the CPS wrote to them to say only “a small number of documents seized by the Metropolitan police were submitted for advice”. The letter was from Sue Hemming, head of the CPS’s counter-terrorism division. The same letter said that the CPS had not considered any evidence in charging Ahsan.
Lawyers for the men facing extradition to the are considering an appeal to the grand chamber of the European court. Judges last week decided that the length of sentences the men faced, and conditions of detention in a Supermax prison in Colorado with extensive periods of solitary confinement, did not amount to inhumane treatment or torture as defined by article three of the European convention on human rights.