"U.K. Court Delays Ruling on U.S. Extradition of Terror Suspect "
James Lumley in London at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 18 (Bloomberg) -- A London court postponed a decision on whether U.S. prosecutors can extradite a British man accused of setting up Web sites to fund the Taliban while it weighs whether the man will face the death penalty or a military court.
Babar Ahmad, 30, was arrested in August on U.S. federal charges of conspiracy to kill or injure persons in a foreign country, providing support to terrorists and money laundering, according to the indictment in the case. The U.S. government claims he used Internet service providers in Nevada and Connecticut to recruit and fundraise for militant Islamic fighters in Afghanistan and Chechnya between 1998 and 2003."
We have severe doubts about the flimsyness of the evidence presented in the USA, but which, under the new Extradition Act rules, cannot be challenged in a UK Court.
Disgracefully, the Labour government gave away our sovereignty on Extradition, and these rules do not apply for anybody wanted by the UK authorities in the United States of America - actual evidence must be presented and can be challenged in a US court.
"Judge Timothy Workman today adjourned the case until April 20 to hear more evidence about whether a diplomatic note can bind a U.S. court and whether the defendant will face the possibility of a death sentence."
More news will no doubt appear eventually on the Free Babar Ahmad Campaign website
Just to be clear, we do not support any extremist Islamic agenda or terrorism, but this case is the first one under the new Extradition rules to the USA. As such it has far reaching implications for all the rest of us, especially if such flimsy, almost entirely computer or email evidence, which cannot be challenged in the UK results in extradition.
The similar case of Farid Hilali, the first one under the new European Arrest Warrant, should also be scrutinised, for similar reasons.