Syed Talha Ahsan is a British poet and translator. He has been imprisoned for seven years without a trial. The family is spending another Eid without him.
Appeals have been made to the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords and the UK High Court, Ahsan was extradited from the UK to the USA on 5th October 2012, where he has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him at a federal district court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut. His US trial proceedings are scheduled to begin in October 2013.
He is currently awaiting trial in solitary confinement at the Northern Correctional Institution, a Supermax state prison in Somers, Connecticut, United States. He is accused of associations with an allegedly terrorism-related Islamic news media website & London-based publishing house from 1997-2004. He was arrested at his family home in London, UK on 19 July 2006 in response to a request from the USA under the US-UK Extradition Act 2003.
The trial of extradited British men Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan has been put back until March 2014 due to the size and complexity of trial, it has been reported.
In November Hamja Ahsan revealed how his brother Talha was spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement and how he was worried for Talha.
Parallels have been drawn between Gary McKinnon and Talha, as they both suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome.