Extradition of Talha Ahsan

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From: John Goss

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

This is a freedom of information request concerning the extradition of Syed Talha Ahsan, a UK citizen, to the USA

Syed Talha Ahsan lost an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights and was very quickly, the same day in fact, flown to the United States of America.

1) Was any contact made with United States representatives of any description to arrange the deportation of Syed Talha Ahsan before the appeal verdict of the European Court of Human Rights had been reached?

2) If the answer to question 1) is yes, which department of the FCO and which personnel of that department had contact with which personnel of which US department?

3) Can I have copies of any correspondence between the UK and USA concerning the extradition of Syed Talha Ahsan please?

4) Was the FCO aware that two of the European judges, Lech Garlicki and Nicolas Bratza, who sat in judgement on Syed Talha Ahsan, had been at a 'closed-door' conference with US Supreme Court judges Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor in a conference called: 'Judicial Process and the Protection of Rights: the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights'?

5) Does the FCO have any documents relating to the revelation in question 4) and can I have copies please?

6) Was the FCO aware that also at the conference mentioned in question 4) were "Derek Walton, who was representing the UK in Ahsan’s European Court case, and the vastly influential Harold Koh, who was serving as Obama’s appointed Legal Advisor to the State Department." (New Statesman 21 February 2013).

7) Does the FCO have any documents relating to the revelation in question 6) and can I have copies please?

8) Presumably the FCO would have had to be absolutely certain that the case against Syed Talha Ahsan was a cast-iron copper-bottomed guilty case to send a UK citizen to a country which has a 'concentration camp' at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where only 13 people (out of 779) have ever been charged with a crime, and where 9 men have died while in captivity. Would you not agree that given these appalling figures the FCO would have to be certain that Syed Talha Ahsan was guilty before sending him to the United States?

9) Considering our special relationship with the United States of America has the FCO seen all the evidence held by the US in the case of Syed Talha Ahsan?

10) Can I have copies of any correspondence regarding evidence of the guilt of Syed Talha Ahsan held by the FCO please?

11) Is from the evidence that the FCO has seen there even the slightest chance that Syed Talha Ahsan might be innocent?

12) If the answer is yes, on what grounds was Syed Talha Ahsan extradited considering the uneven extradition treaty we have with the United States?

13) Syed Talha Ahsan, had before being extradited been held in UK prisons for six years without charge. Was the FCO notified of this?

14) If yes, can I have copies of the notification(s) please?

15) Did the foreign office seek assurances in this clear-cut and convincingly-guilty case that Syed Talha Ahsan would be quickly brought to trial?

16) Can I have a copy of any document relating to an expeditious trial or any other documents in which the FCO has attempted to protect the human rights of Syed Talha Ahsan in this case please?

17) US legal prosecution teams in a clear-cut and convincingly guilty case have deferred the trial-date from October 2013 to March 2014 increasing the suffering of Syed Talha Ahsan. Did they notify the FCO of this?

18) Can I have a copy of any such notification please?

19) Why did the Foreign and Commonwealth Office extradite Syed Talha Ahsan to be held in a maximum security prison 23 hours a day in a case in which the prosecution has not been able to gather enough evidence in over a decade to bring Syed Talha Ahsan swiftly to justice when his prison record in the UK shows that an ordinary prison would have been adequate and better for Syed Talha Ahsan’s health and welfare?

20) Was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aware that Talha Ahsan, a prize-winning poet, suffers from Asberger Syndrome?

21) Have any special provisions been made to cater for his illness?

22) Can I see any correspondence relating to this pleas?

23) Was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aware that Gary McKinnon, another UK citizen, was spared extradition because he suffers from Asperger Syndrome?

24) Does the FCO operate a policy of racism towards Muslims?

25) Can you let me have any figures that show how many people extradited at US requests, including those rendered abroad during the Iraq War, over the last thirteen years, were Muslims, and how many were not?

26) Did the UK try to get Syed Talha Ahsan into a more humane prison instead of prisons which have been described as torture chambers where more than 90% plea bargain (even confessing to crimes they did not commit to avoid further torture)?

27) Can I see what correspondence took place regarding the type of penal institution Syed Talha Ahsan was to be held in?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

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FOI Request, Ref: 0557-13
 
Dear Mr Goss
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a
unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant
section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will
be in touch with you should your request need clarification.
 
We received your request on 12 June 2013 and will aim to respond within 20
working days.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Rights Team
FCO
 
 
 
 

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From: John Goss

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

I notice that this freedom of information request has been delayed for a week now. Can you please let me know how it is progressing?

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

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From: John Goss

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office's handling of my FOI request 'Extradition of Talha Ahsan'.

All I have had in response to the important questions raised in the FOI request has been an acknowledgement of receipt. I consider this to be most unsatisfactory since by law a response should have been made by 9 July 2013 (2 weeks late tomorrow). Can somebody let me know what is causing the delay?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

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Dear Mr Goss,

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your enquiry.

 

Thank you.

 

Katie

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Dear Mr Goss,

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your enquiry.

 

Thank you.

 

Katie

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Dear Mr Goss

Please find a further letter about the progress of your FOI request.

Kind regards

FOI and DPA Team
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Mr Goss

 

Please find attached an update on the progress of your FOI request.

 

Kind Regards

 

FOI and DPA Team

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

 

 

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Please find attached an update to your Freedom of Information request to
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  regarding Syed Talha Ahsal.

 

Kind Regards

Counter Terrorism Department

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Reply for John Goss.

 

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Dear Mr Goss,

 

Please find attached the following response to your FOI request.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Counter-Terrorism Department

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

 

 

 

 

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