published: 17 July 2014
After eight years in American and British prisons, Talha Ahsan is free. James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, who run the Solitary Watch website (www.solitarywatch.com) detail the remarkable case of the terrorist who wasn’t.
Talha Ahsan was yesterday sentenced in a federal court in Connecticut for terrorist acts committed in and against the United States. This despite having never set foot on American soil until he was extradited from the UK in 2012.
Federal District Judge Janet Hall sentenced Ahsan to time served, surprising family and friends who had gathered at the New Haven courthouse, and perhaps also the US government, which had requested 15 years.
Time served is a significant sentence, however, since Ahsan has spent a full eight years without a trial in prisons on both sides of the Atlantic.
The impossible injustice of Talha Ahsan’s extradition and detention
21 February 2013