The UK Home Office has postponed making an extradition decision in the case of Babar Ahmad, who was due to have his case heard this week. This is now the the second 2 month postponment which the Home Office has decided on (the application is a mere formality), so that they can take further US legal advice regarding issues such as Military Tribunals, Guantanamo Bay, "extraordinary rendition" outsourced torture etc.
"The lawyers of Babar Ahmad were informed on Friday 9 September 2005 that the Home Secretary has applied for another two month extension for his decision. The British authorities are communicating with their American counterparts, on issues which were brought up by Babar’s defence team during hearings at Bow Street Magistrates Court, London. Mrs Ahmad, Babar Ahmad’s wife said, “This may be a good sign that the Home Office is taking matters seriously enough to be further asking the Americans about issues which have arisen through Babar’s case. We have said from the start that this is not just a clear cut case, but in fact one where there are many Human Rights issues that need to be taken into consideration. We hope that we receive a decisive decision soon that Babar should not be extradited to America."
Some of the same issues that Babar Ahmad is facing, have a bearing on the Gary McKinnon case as well, notably the possability of a MIlitary Tribunal in addition to any Civilian court proceedings, if either of them is extradited to the USA.
However, this does seem to mean that Gary's next court hearing will not have the benefit of this Home Office consultation with top US legal experts.
Will that mean that Gary's hearing on October 18th. will also be posponed until after mid November ?
How much money will 4 months of US lawyers fees end up costing the UK taxpayer ?