Babar Ahmad police officers not guilty of assault

originally by: BBC News
2nd June 2011

Four police officers accused of beating up a terror suspect have all been found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court. A jury acquitted Pc Roderick James-Bowen, 40, Pc Mark Jones, 43, Pc Nigel Cowley, 34, and Det Con John Donohue, 37, of assaulting Babar Ahmad. Mr Ahmad, 37, was arrested at his home in Tooting, south London, in December 2003 on suspicion of leading a group which supported al-Qaeda.

Mr Ahmad was never charged in relation to his arrest but is in custody. He is awaiting extradition to the US for alleged terrorism offences.

Mr Ahmad said he feared he would die in the early morning Metropolitan Police raid. But jurors rejected claims that the officers attacked him, taking less than an hour to reach their decision.

The BBC understands some members of the jury later asked to meet the officers to shake their hands, correspondent Ben Ando reported.

Speaking after the verdicts, the officers’ solicitor Colin Reynolds said secret recordings – which emerged in evidence – from a listening device planted in Mr Ahmad’s home corroborated his clients’ accounts.

“It was only weeks before this trial commenced that the prosecution then disclosed that a listening device had been planted in the home address of Babar Ahmad some time before his arrest in December 2003,” he said.

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