Friday, 6 May 2011

Babar Ahmad tells court he thought police officers would kill him

Found this appauling story in the Guardian, unfortunately for the officers involved it was all recorded by MI5. Makes you wonder how much of this sort of thing goes on when its not being recorded doesn't it.

A British Muslim has told a court how specialist police officers had beat him so badly in a dawn raid at his home that he had thought he was going to die.

Southwark crown court heard from Babar Ahmad, 37, how he was the subject of a prolonged and vicious attack, starting in the bedroom of his home and continuing in a police van and at a London police station. Ahmad was under surveillance, and the officers had been told he had been trained as a terrorist and fought in Bosnia, the court has been told.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial of four officers who deny charges of assaulting Ahmad, he said that, after he had been repeatedly kicked and punched, one officer put him in a headlock in the back of the police van.

The jury heard from him that one officer straddled him and said: "You will remember this day for the rest of your life, you fucking bastard. Do you understand me?" Ahmad said: "He squeezed and kept on squeezing. I remember the pressure to the side of my neck. He squeezed and squeezed and squeezed, and held it in that position.

"I thought he would hold it for a few seconds, and, if I hold my breath, I could bear it and he would let go. But he didn't let go. I was panicking because I couldn't do anything or move. It's like drowning. There is nothing you can do. He kept squeezing to the point where I thought 'This guy is going to kill me. He wants to kill me. I am going to die in this van'."

Medical examinations carried out four days later showed blood in Ahmad's urine and that there had been bleeding in the middle of both of his ears. Shortly after the arrest in December 2003, he was released without charge.

The court has heard that in the 1990s Ahmad had travelled to Bosnia to fight with the Muslim forces, and was under surveillance prior to his 2003 arrest. In 2004, he was re-arrested, following a request from the United States, over claims that he helped raise money to fund terrorism. He has been in custody in the UK ever since.
Earlier the jury heard Ahmad describe how he had been in bed with his wife at 5am when officers from the Met's territorial support group smashed their way into his south London home.

Moments later the officers, dressed in full protective clothing, entered his bedroom, where they carried out what he called a "sustained and very violent assault".

"It was complete confusion and shock. I had just woken up and lots of things were going through my mind: 'Why have they come up here? Have they mixed me up with someone else? Is there a robber hiding in my house or have they come to arrest me?' All these things were going through my mind."

The prosecutor, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, asked if he had fought or struggled.

Ahmad, 37, replied: "I was completely compliant, because I had made my mind up when they came towards me I was going to co-operate and reassure them they had nothing to fear from me whatsoever
"At no point did I struggle or make it difficult for them. At no point did I say anything to them, other than: 'Can you stop hitting me' I didn't make it hard for them or provoke them whatsoever."

At one stage, he told the jury, he was pushed into a praying position and asked "where is your God now ... pray to him."

The security service, MI5, had Ahmad under surveillance and had bugged the room. A recording of the raid was played to the seven men and five women of the jury
The court had heard that the attack continued in a police van and at Charing Cross police station.
Police constables Mark Jones, Roderick James-Bowen and Nigel Cowley and Detective Constable John Donohue deny assaulting Ahmad. The arrest took place less than a year after another terror suspect, Kamel Bourgass, stabbed an anti-terror squad officer to death during a raid on a house in Manchester.

Great Oportunities for King jurors

 AMERICANS living in smoggy, crime-ridden La have much to pass through, but there is 1 social responsibility that has to strike horror in the middle of even the most committed citizen. There might be couple of worse fates compared to serving about the court within the Rodney Full case.

Whenever jurors within last year's test made the decision they could not convict the police officials that defeat Mr King, these people received death threats as well as unknown telephone calls giving a body-count within the riots triggered through their consensus. They felt vilified through the establishment and media, which noticed their own verdict as racist.

Determining the outcome of the officers' 2nd trial - this time around upon municipal privileges charges -- can bring just agony to the twelve selected jurors who will be aware that more acquittals could release further physical violence, while a choice in order to convict could lead to allegations that they bowed in order to sociable pressure. Or so you would think.

Nevertheless, in the world capital associated with entertainment, there are those who are ready to encounter a lot pain for a brief, and perhaps profitable, moment associated with fame.

During jury choice, one candidate spoken associated with 'a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'. Another, students, brought out of the complete term of a scholarship-funded program to take part (he or she was ignored through the court with regard to 'having an agenda'). A third decided that selling her tale was an attractive concept, and described: 'I 'm the capitalist, obviously, as an American.'

None of the can make life easier for all of us Area Judge Steve Davies, a good Aussie Olympic gold medallist swimmer, who has the almost impossible job associated with empanelling the court which has not already made it's mind upward. The situation continues to be complicated through industrial interests - one official has released a book, as well as Mister King has sold their movie rights.

The actual questioning associated with possible jurors began a week ago. The jury's racial make-up will be critical - numerous shades of black had been annoyed that there were absolutely no black jurors in the first trial, in a white suburb.

The first twelve to be known as composed 2 shades of black, an Hispanic, as well as 8 white wines, however this changed throughout four times of examination that exposed the actual heavy sections brought on by the case. A few had been dismissed with regard to sympathising too much along with Mr King; others with regard to highly helping law enforcement.

In most, 21 were removed either 'for cause' (ie, exhibiting bias) or even by lawyers working out peremptory challenges. The second enables up to 14 people to be dismissed by the defence, and eight by the prosecution, with regard to no specified reason -- although the judge may overrule in the event that race is really a suspected purpose.

Although choice is not however over, the actual panel has been whittled right down to 1 dark as well as 11 whites. This really is great news for that four officers, because there is a greater opportunity that the mainly whitened jury will assistance their right to preserve law as well as purchase, arrive what may.