London, Mar.19 (ANI): A British Muslim terror suspect awaiting extradition to the United States has received 60,000 pounds in damages from Scotland Yard after being beaten and assaulted by the officers who arrested him.
Babar Ahmad was subjected to “serious, gratuitous, prolonged and unjustified violence” and “religious abuse” during an anti-terror raid at his home in South London, a high court was told here.
Ahmad, a 34-year-old IT support analyst, was in court in London to hear lawyers for Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, admit that he had been the victim of gratuitous violence, The Times reports.
He was not charged with any offence after the early morning raid at his home in Tooting in December 2003.
Ahmad was later rearrested on the request of US authorities who want to prosecute him on charges of running a website to raise funds for Islamic extremists.
He has been lodged in the Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire since then, awaiting a decision on whether his extradition would contravene the European Convention on Human Rights. (ANI)