Babar Ahmad

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For the British writer/director see Babar Ahmed.

Babar Ahmad, born in London, England has been held in custody in the UK since August 2004. He has never been convicted of any criminal offence, but is held fighting extradition to the United States on allegations of involvement in websites supporting Chechen and Afghan insurgents.

In March 2009, he was awarded £60,000 compensation at the High Court in London after an admission by UK anti-terrorist police that they subjected him to ‘grave abuse, tantamount to torture’ during his first arrest in December 2003.

He also appeared in the media in February 2008, when it was discovered that his conversations with Sadiq Khan MP had been monitored by the police during prison visits. An investigation of the monitoring found no impropriety.

He remains in prison awaiting the outcome of his final appeal against extradition at the European Court of Human Rights, which is expected to rule in early 2010.

Early life

Babar Ahmad was born in London in May 1974, and grew up in Tooting, South West London. His parents migrated to England from Pakistan in the early 1960s. His father is a retired civil servant and his mother a retired science teacher.

He went to a public school where he won academic prizes and obtained GCSEs and A-Levels. He...
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