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Cyber terrorist 'back home in south London'

Babar Ahmad was jailed for 12-and-a-half years in the United States.

A London man convicted of supporting the Taliban in the United States has reportedly returned home after being released from prison.

Babar Ahmad spent 10 years behind bars in the UK before losing a protracted battle against extradition to the US.

He was sentenced in July last year after pleading guilty to setting up pro-jihadi websites to raise money, recruit fighters and get supplies for the Taliban and other terror groups.

He reportedly returned to the UK in secret last week and is said to have celebrated the Muslim festival Eid with his family.

In a statement he said:

Eleven years of solitary confinement and isolation in 10 different prisons has been an experience too profound to sum up in a few words here and now.

In October 2012, I was blindfolded, shackled and forcibly stripped naked when I was extradited to the US.

Last week, US and UK government officials treated me with courtesy and respect during my journey home.


His family, who described the last 11 years as "indescribably difficult", said in a statement:

We, the family of Babar Ahmad, are delighted to announce that by the grace of God Babar has returned home to us after 11 years in prison. Our lives will be enriched by his return.


Babar Ahmad: 'I leave with my head held high'

South London computer expert Babar Ahmad says he will be extradited to the USA with his head held high.

Today, the High Court decided that he should be extradited to the US to face terror charges, along with radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza and three others.

"Today I have lost my eight-year and two-month battle against extradition to the US. I would like to thank all those over the years who supported me and my family: lawyers, politicians, journalists and members of the public from all walks of life.

"By exposing the fallacy of the UK's extradition arrangements with the US, I leave with my head held high having won the moral victory."

– Babar Ahmad


Bid to halt extradition goes to High Court

A Tooting man will today take his fight to avoid extradition to the US to the High Court.

Computer expert Babar Ahmad has been held in a UK prison without trial for eight years after being accused of raising funds for terrorism.

His judicial review application will be heard today along with that of radical cleric Abu Hamza and another suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz.


Ahmad's family urge Home Secretary to halt extradition

Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar Ahmad. Credit: PA

Babar Ahmad's family has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to halt his extradition until a decision is made on a potential private prosecution in the UK. In a statement released following the move, the family said:

"We are simply asking for the court to put a hold on Babar's extradition so that the DPP has the necessary time and space to make a decision on the material provided to him in April 2012 which was kept hidden from him by the police for eight years.

"The DPP has confirmed that he is considering this material in addition to the request by Mr Karl Watkin for permission to privately prosecute Babar in the UK.

"We trust that the court will find that this is a reasonable request which is both in the public interest and the interests of justice."

Terror suspect Ahmad in extradition fight

Terror suspect Babar Ahmad has launched a High Court bid to halt his removal from the UK to the United States, it was confirmed earlier.

The computer expert's judicial review application is now expected to be heard on Tuesday along with that of radical cleric Abu Hamza and another suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz.

The men are seeking injunctions preventing extradition to the US. Ahmad's move was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Judicial Office.

Terror suspect family appeal

Babar Ahmad has been held without trial for eight years Credit: Facebook

The family of a man from Tooting who's facing extradition to the United States on terrorism charges has appealed to the Home Office.

Babar Ahmad, a computer expert, is accused of raising funds for terrorism.

Babar Ahmad's father at a previous extradition ruling in 2005 Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Image

He's one of five terror suspects, including radical cleric Abu Hamza, who've lost their appeal against extradition at the European Court of Human Rights.

In a statement, Babar's family said:

"This matter should never have come to this stage had theBritish police done their job almost nine years ago and provided the material seized from Babar's home to the CPS rather than secretly passing it to their UScounterparts.

"The CPS is now in possession of all that material which forms the basis of the US indictment and should immediately prosecute Babar for conduct allegedly committed in the UK.

"We now call on the Home Secretary to immediately undertake to halt any extradition until the Director of Public Prosecutions makes a decision on the material that is in his possession."

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