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Ahmad's family urge Home Secretary to halt extradition

Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar Ahmad.
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.


Christopher Tappin refused bail.

Christopher Tappin with wife
Christopher Tappin refused bail in the US Credit: ITN

Retired businessman Christopher Tappin from Orpington has been refused bail after being extradited to America on arms dealing charges. He denies attempting to sell batteries for missiles which were to be shipped from America to Iran. His wife said the decision is 'heart-breaking'.

Tappin waits to hear bail decisioin

Christopher Tappin was extradited to the US
Christopher Tappin was extradited to the US Credit: ITV News

Christopher Tappin, A retired British businessman extradited to the United States will learn tonight whether he will be kept behind bars while he awaits trial over arms dealing charges. He has spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at the Otero County detention centre in New Mexic

He has spent 23 hours a day locked in his cell at the Otero County detention centre in New Mexico since being extradited to America two weeks ago.

US prosecutors believe Tappin may be a "danger to the community" if released, but his lawyers told the court that, having surrendered to US marshals at Heathrow, he was not going to go "running back to England".


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