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Talha Ahsan graduated with first class Honours in Arabic, from SOAS, University of London. He is a sufferer of Asperger’s syndrome.  He was arrested in his home on 16th July 2006 with a provisional warrant under the Extradition Act 2003 alleging offences in America, although he has never entered the US.

His moving poetry echoes his 5 years imprisonment without trial, and now his relentless battle to be saved from Extradition to the U.S. It reflects his relationship with life, spirituality and politics.

‘He is not some crazed fanatic as portrayed in the media but a quiet, gentle and educated man.’

‘His poetry expresses a passion and commitment to peace.’ Aamer Anwar, Criminal Defence Lawyer.

‘If the evidence is available here in the UK, why not prosecute him in this country for promoting terrorism abroad? ‘

‘Talha Ahsan’s poems are the songs of a caged bird. Read them and enjoy them. But if that is all that you do, you will be a thief. The caged bird’s song has this price: that you accept the obligation to do whatever you can to set the bird free.’ Richard Hayley, Chair of SACC, January 2011.

You can also write to Talha to show your support at the following address:

Syed Talha Ahsan A9438AG
Detainee Unit
HMP Long Lartin
South Littleton
WR11 8TZ


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