In response to the ruling from the High Court

Following the announcement at the High Court this afternoon the Tooting MP, Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, said: "Family, friends and campaigners of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are devastated by the judgement at the High Court today.

"The families of my constituents, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, have worked tirelessly to have them tried in a British court and it would appear that their extradition to American is now imminent.
"It is important to remember that at no stage have my constituents ever fought against standing trial. They understand that they face very serious charges, but they have always believed that it should be in a British court - and not an American one - where they should stand trial.
"The way criminal cases work in America means that Defendants facing a trial are advised to plea bargain. I predict that both my constituents will do the same as all the other British men extradited to the USA have done and plead guilty. It is a big risk pleading "Not Guilty". My understanding is that the consequences of this include the threat of life in solitary confinement without parole, should they lose a trial. If those are the stakes which pleading "Not Guilty" involve then it is no wonder that over 97% of defendants accept a plea bargain - regardless of how confident or determined they are to stand trial.

Promoted by DJ Bellamy on behalf of Sadiq Khan and Tooting Labour Party, all at 273 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BD.
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