Azzam.com Webmaster Babar Ahmad Coming to America
n an exclusive interview with the BBC, Babar Ahmad accused the police and prosecutors of mishandling his case. Mr Ahmad has been battling against extradition to the United States. He will find out next Tuesday if he will be sent to America. The Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service have denied impropriety. The unprecedented interview in the maximum security Long Lartin Prison came after the BBC challenged a government ban on filming Mr Ahmad. ...In his BBC interview, he says that the seven years he has spent in prison battling the US warrant are the result of a failure by British authorities to charge him. He claims material seized during his arrest was sent to the United States, rather than being used against him in a trial in the UK. "Had the Police and CPS put me on trial in 2003, which they have could have done, I would have left prison years ago - regardless of the verdict at trial.However after Azzam.com was taken down shortly after 9/11 2001, by what Azzam described a Zionist Khinspiracy , he sought web hosting in the US. He used that website to recruit, raise funds and publish propaganda in support of the Chechen Mujahideen and also the Taliban. Here is the grand jury indictment against Mr Ahmad.
12. AHMAD helped create, operate and maintain, and cause to create, operate and maintain, the websites referred to in paragraph 10 in Connecticut, Nevada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia and elsewhere, and other internet media which posted materials designed and intended to recruit mujahideen, raise funds for violent jihad, recruit personnel for the ChechenSo all the evidence was not gathered in the UK as Mr. Ahmad states. Also for those of you who believe that supporting the Taliban online is just an exercise of Free speech and that companies and individuals who knowingly do so are not subject to prosecution...
Mujahideen, the Taliban and associated groups, and give instructions for travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight with these groups, provide instructions for the surreptitious transfer of funds to the Taliban, and solicit military items for these groups, including gas masks and night vision goggles. ..It was part of the conspiracy that defendant AHMAD and other members of the
conspiracy provided through AZZAM PUBLICATIONS web sites instruction and a form letter to assist individuals in transporting cash funds from or through a place in the United States to a place outside the United States, to wit, Pakistan, for the purpose of delivering these funds to the Taliban.
On July 4, 1999, President of the United States William J. Clinton declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Specifically, the President found that:Although its unlawful, the Taliban and other FTOs are known to maintain many websites, twitter feeds and Youtube channels. The Obama administration has done a terrible job of enforcing these sanctions to say the least. Related: One American Jihadi Pleads Guilty, the Other Not Guilty.
[T]he actions and policies of the Taliban in Afghanistan, in allowing territory under its control in Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven and base of operations for Usama bin Ladin and the Al-Qaida organization who have committed and threaten to continue to commit acts of violence against the United States and its nationals, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. In his Executive Order 13129, the President prohibited, among other things, United States persons from making or receiving any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of the Taliban. The Executive Order also blocked all property and interests in property of the Taliban and prohibited trade-related transactions by United States persons involving the territory of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban. Further, the Executive Order prohibited United States persons from engaging in transactions for the Taliban's benefit and 3 prohibited any person from engaging in such transactions from the United States, including
sending money and military material to the Taliban
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