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PRESS RELEASE: EUROPE PUTS STAY ON EXTRADITION TO GIVE IT \'PROPER CONSIDERATION\' Forwarded Alert from Free Babar Ahmad Campaign

PRESS RELEASE: Friday 15th June 2007

EUROPE PUTS STAY ON EXTRADITION TO GIVE IT \'PROPER CONSIDERATION\'

The President of the Grand Chamber in the European Court, has now replied back and requested that a hold be placed on the extradition, to allow them to give the case \'proper consideration\'.

Following the Lords refusal for leave to appeal, Babar Ahmad's solicitors, from Birnberg Peirce and Partners, made representations on 11 June 2007 to the European Court of Human Rights. The European Court subsequently, not only requested a hold to be placed on the extradition, but also warned the British government against removing Babar and hence breaching various articles of the Human Rights Act.

It is still unclear as to how long this stay will be. If the European Court of Human Rights refuses to intervene, then no other appeal stage remains and Babar would be extradited to the US imminently.

Babar Ahmad\'s family stated: “This intervention by the European Court in asking for a stay is a sign of hope for us. We are still unsure how long this will actually be and will have to wait and see what their response is. We continue to have hope and pray for Babar\'s swift return.”



(Side note: Babar Ahmad is accused of running websites supporting Chechen and Taliban rebels.)

For further information email freebabarahmad@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07963 537779.

Babar\'s solicitor: Ms Gareth Peirce from Birnberg Peirce and Partners

Tel: 0207 911 0166