|Update on Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan case|
|Friday, 27 July 2012 16:33|
Sadiq has recently written again to both the Attorney General and the Home Secretary making further representations on behalf of his two constituents, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan. In their replies both Cabinet Ministers indicated they are "satisfied with the handling of the case". Neither of the Ministers said they would do anything to prevent either extradition.
This is in spite of there still being unanswered questions around the original investigation of the case by the British Crown Prosecution Service, and the extent of the evidence that was seen before a decision was made not to prosecute Babar and Talha in the United Kingdom.
In an effort to have this original decision reviewed, Sadiq recently arranged for the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, to hear directly from Babar and Talha. This was done by a specially arranged video conference. Both Babar and Talha were able to address the Chair of the Select Committee directly. Mr Vaz has made his note of the meeting available to the Select Committee MP's. Following representations from Sadiq, Mr Vaz agreed to write to the Director of Public Prosecutions asking him to review the original casework. In his response, the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed that they would consider the request and notifyed him that a domestic prosecutor would be reviewing the case.
We are still waiting for the outcome of the case review.
To mark the sixth year of his detainment, Sadiq issued a statement in support of Talha Ahsan’s campaign to have his trial conducted through the British justice system. Sadiq also raised his concerns over the treatment Talha Ahsan (who has been has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome) could expect, should he be extradited and held in solitary confinement.
Sadiq remains in regular contact with the families of both Syed Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad, and will continue to do all he can to assist them.
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