Tooting MP Rt Sadiq Khan has worked with the families of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan throughout their detention. Commenting on the planned private prosecution by the businessman Karl Watkins, the MP said,”The allegations against Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are extremely serious.
“Through my work on behalf of the families of both men, I have repeatedly raised concerns over the handling of evidence in the case by the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.
“Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan have always said they are willing to stand trial in British courts. This private prosecution gives the Director of Public Prosecutions and the authorities another opportunity to look at this case.
“I have written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC. It is open to the CPS to take over the private prosecution so that these two men are tried in the UK.”