London demonstration against police violence against innocent ‘terrorist’ brothers

Photo of earlier demonstration against Forest Gate raid

From London daily News Line:

Monday, 12 June 2006

‘WE SUFFERED A NIGHTMARE’ says sister of jailed men

‘No other innocent family should be forced to go through the same nightmare we went through,’ said Humeya Kalam, the sister of brothers Abdul Kahar and Abul Koyair, yesterday.

She was addressing several hundred demonstrators outside New Scotland Yard.

Protesters from a coalition of Muslim and anti-war organisations were holding a ‘rally for justice’ over the massive pre-dawn police raid on the Kalam family’s Forest Gate home, during which police shot Abdul Kahar without warning.

The two brothers were arrested and held at Paddington Green high security police station for a week before being released last Friday night without charge or apology.

In a statement on behalf of the Kalam family she said: ‘On behalf of my family, especially my two brothers, I would like to thank all those people who through their prayers have supported us during this traumatic ordeal.

‘We are very relieved to have them back after the hell we went through last week.

‘My brothers would like to have come today to show unity.

However, they are unable to do so because they are still recovering from their injuries, both physically as well as mentally.

‘Once again I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of my family for organising this peaceful protest.’

A speaker for the Muslim Council of Britain told the rally: ‘We have the same right to security as everyone else in this country.

‘We are demanding an independent public inquiry, into how 250 officers were sent on the basis of false intelligence.

We have to know what happened.’

The father of young Babar Ahmad, who faces extradition to the US, told the rally: ‘The government seem to be against foreigners and Muslims.

‘The policeman who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes was sent on holiday with his family.

‘The two Forest Gate brothers have had to be released without charge.

‘My son is being held with no evidence against him. They deny us our basic rights.’

Respect MP George Galloway told News Line at the rally: ‘My message is the two Blairs, Sir Ian Blair and Tony Blair, must go.

‘Tony Blair is responsible for placing the people of this country in serious danger.

‘By the foreign policy of the government, and security and intelligence policies at home, they are angering people and undermining the confidence of people who could help us protect ourselves from danger.’

Mujibul Islam of the Young Muslim Organisation UK told News Line: ‘We are here to demonstrate against Muslims being targeted and criminalised.

‘We want to stop innocent people being killed.

‘Abdul Kahar is very lucky to be alive but the police don’t seem to learn from the killing of the innocent young Brazilian man, Jean Charles de Menezes.

‘There needs to be an apology now for the raid in Forest Gate, the wounding of a young man and the detention of him and his brother for a week.

‘There must be an apology to the family. I absolutely back any decision they make to sue the police.

‘Police actions are causing anger and distrust.’

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  3. uesday, 21 July 2015 Babar Ahmad finally freed!
    Supporters of Barbar Ahmad demonstrate in May 2005 against his extradition to the US
    ‘ELEVEN years of solitary confinement and isolation in ten different prisons has been an experience too profound to sum up in a few words here and now,’ Babar Ahmad said on Sunday.

    In his first statement following his release from his 12-year prison sentence in America last week, British citizen Ahmad continued: ‘In October 2012, I was blindfolded, shackled and forcibly stripped naked when I was extradited to the US.

    ‘Last week, US and UK government officials treated me with courtesy and respect during my journey home. Today, I have absolutely nothing. Yet I am rich. All praise be to God. In time, I look forward to sharing reflections on my experience to help inform others.

    ‘I recognise that the world has moved on since 2004, yet in some ways, sadly it has failed to progress. For now, I intend to reconnect privately with my incredible family, to whom I owe so much. It was a great joy to celebrate Eid with them for the first time in 11 years and to hug three of my nieces and nephews whom I had never met before. It has been a long time.’

    Ahmed was awarded £60,000 in March 2009 as compensation for having been physically abused by Metropolitan police officers at the time of his initial arrest in December 2003. He was arrested again in 2004 pending extradition and held in jails in Britain until his extradition to America in October 2012,
    He was jailed in the US in December 2012 over a website he created, having fought an eight-year-campaign against extradition.

    British authorities never charged him, but he later pleaded guilty in the US to providing material support to terrorism through his site. His July 2014 sentence of just over 12 years took into account his time spent in jail in the UK prior to extradition.

    US prosecutors had sought a far longer term, but the sentencing judge said she could not ignore glowing references in Ahmad’s favour.


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