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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April, 2005, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
US terror suspect up for election
Supporters of Babar Ahmad protest outside Bow Street Magistrates' Court
The US suspects Babar Ahmad of using the internet to support terror
A UK citizen wanted by the US on terror charges has announced he will stand as a candidate in the general election.

Babar Ahmad, 30, will fight the seat in Brent North, London, for the Peace and Progress Party, founded by campaigning actors Vanessa and Corin Redgrave.

His candidature was announced outside Bow Street Magistrates' Court, where he is undergoing extradition proceedings.

Mr Ahmad, from south London, is accused of raising funds for terror in Chechnya and Afghanistan via the internet.

Mr Redgrave said his party was "immensely proud" to have Mr Ahmad as its candidate in Brent North.

'No evidence'

"We believe that the issues for which he is standing supersede all of the others in this election and that every constituent should vote for him."

He said Mr Ahmad faced potential torture if he were extradited and could be denied access to his family and spiritual advisor.

He went on: "No evidence has been found against him in this country. It is not right that he should be facing extradition.

We are hopeful that Muslims and non-Muslims in Brent will use their vote - if you vote for Babar it is a vote for justice
Maryam Ahmad, wife of Babar

"We are confident that with the support of the constituents of Brent North that demand can be overcome."

The other candidates standing in Brent North are Bob Blackman for the Conservatives, Barry Gardiner for Labour, Havard Hughes for the Lib Dems and Rainbow George Weiss for Vote Dream.

Mr Ahmad's wife Maryam said her husband was pleased to have joined Peace and Progress, whose manifesto includes withdrawing UK troops from Iraq and cancelling all Third World debt.

She said: "We are hopeful that Muslims and non-Muslims in Brent will use their vote - if you vote for Babar it is a vote for justice."

Mr Ahmad, a computer worker, was arrested last August after the US requested his extradition, and is held in Belmarsh prison.

He was initially arrested in December 2003 under the Terrorism Act and later released without charge.





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