Talha Ahsan

Talha-Ahsan-PostcardTalha Ahsan is a British-born poet and writer with Asperger syndrome who was extradited to the US in October 2012

His trial is scheduled for October 2013. If convicted he will spend 70 years in “supermax” solitary confinement in ADX Florence.

Read on and help stop this injustice.

Who is Talha Ahsan?

Talha Ahsan is a British citizen born in London in 1979. He was educated at Dulwich College before receiving first class honours in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In the week of his arrest he had job interviews to train as a librarian. His mother describes him as “a serious, bookish young man… a very gentle, softly spoken and thoughtful boy.”

Talha has Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism). In a medico legal report of June 2009, a consultant psychiatrist described him as “an extremely vulnerable individual who from a psychiatric perspective would be more appropriately placed in a specialist service for adults with autistic disorders.”

He is also a keen poet and has received acclaim from novelist A.L. Kennedy amongst others.

Why is he in prison?

Talha Ahsan was arrested at his home on 19 July 2006 in response to a request from the USA under the Extradition Act 2003 which does not require the presentation of any prima facie evidence. He is accused in the US of terrorism-related offences arising out of an alleged involvement over the period of 1997-2004 with the Azzam series of websites, one of which happened to be located on a server in America.

He has never been arrested or questioned by British police, despite a number of men being so from his local area in December 2003 for similar allegations. All of them were released without charge.

One of them, Babar Ahmad, was later compensated £60,000 by the Metropolitan police after a civil case in March 2009 for the violent physical abuse during his arrest. It was evidence from this incident which formed the basis of Talha’s arrest two and a half years later.

Talha is currently making a final appeal to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR). He has now served the equivalent of a 12 year sentence at high security prisons without trial. He has never visited America. He denies all charges. Read more HERE

Extradited to Solitary Confinement

Talha was extradited to the US on 5th October 2012 following both the European Court of Human Rights and British High Court rejecting his appeals. He is currently held in solitary confinement in Connecticut, CT. He entered a plea of not guilty at his first hearing on 6th October.

How can I help?

– Write a letter of support:

Syed Talha Ahsan, 393183, Northern Correctional Institution, 287 Bilton Road, POB 665, Somers, CT 06071, USA.

Or email info@freetalha.org with “WRITE2TALHA” in the Subject Heading.

Please see Guidelines on Writing to Talha for further information.

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To order free campaign materials and for further information contact:

Free Talha Ahsan Campaign

PO Box 64590

London

SW17 IDG

info@freetalha.org

07539 659 532

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