*Muslim Council delighted for McKinnon and his family
*Why double standard for Babar Ahmad & Talha Ahsan?
The Muslim Council welcomes the decision not to extradite Gary McKinnon and are happy for his family who have fought long and hard for him to stay. However with this happiness comes "with the sadness and sense of betrayal felt by the families of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, extradited some ten days ago, for whom a forum bar would almost certainly have been decisive in preventing their extradition", as so aptly put by David Bermingham, himself a victim of this unfair Extradition Treaty.
The families of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan similarly campaigned tirelessly for their sons' rights - the right to be tried in the UK. The case of Talha Ahsan, a known sufferer of Aspergers like Gary, should have been handled in a similar manner by the Home Secretary. Both deserved equal protection by the state.
Questions will surely be raised as to why the decision to review the US-UK Extradition Treaty was not made public two weeks earlier when the two Muslim men were still in the UK? This would have ensured that these British citizens would have faced trial here in the UK. A call made by many thousands of people over the last few years.
There is an overwhelming sense that in choosing to handle the cases of Gary and Talha differently, the Home Secretary has highlighted strikingly, how the justice system seems to operate differently for Muslims
. Unless a prompt response is forthcoming from the Home Secretary, the breach of trust will remain enormous. The MCB will inform its networks of the outcome of its correspondence.