What About Babar, Johnson?
Time is running out for Babar Ahmad. A verdict on 10 April 2012, by the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ahmed can be extradited for trial in the US, as his human rights would not be violated. Babar has less than three months to appeal.
What we want to know is, what is our newly re-elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson, planning to do about this grave injustice?
Previously Boris Johnson has described the extradition law as “grotesque” and has said that, “We need to bring to an end this brutal and absurd law.”
More recently, at a hustings prior to the elections, the issue of the extradition law with reference to Babar Ahmad was raised. Boris Johnson said:
Fatima Manji asked both Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone:
To which Boris replied:
Fatima then continued to say:
So with all this rhetoric on Babar Ahmed and the “grotesque” extradition law, is Johnson going to stick to his word and lobby for a review of the case? So far we haven’t heard him even mention Babar Ahmad since he returned to office. If he doesn’t want a reputation as a Mayor that “talks but doesn’t walk”, then he better keep to his word and he better keep to it quick, as time for Babar Ahmed, is indeed running out.