8 February 2006
Metropolitan Police search the family home on behalf of the US government.
19 July 2006
He is arrested
and remanded into custody. He spends the night at Winchester police station.
20 July 2006
He is transferred to HMP Winchester.
21 July 2006
He is transferred to HMP Belmarsh.
19 March 2007
He loses at the Magistrate Courts.
22 January 2008
He is transferred to the Detainee Unit, HMP Long Lartin.
10 April 2008
He loses both his appeal against extradition
at the High Courts and a judicial review against the Director of Public Prosecutions for not charging him in the UK.
14 May 2008
He is refused an appeal by the House of Lords.
9 December 2008
A decision is made by the former Governor that all members of the Detainee Unit without exception are to be confined to the unit. They are no longer allowed to mix with mainstream prisoners on normal locations such as gym, education and Friday prayers.
13 October 2010
He is transferred to HMP Manchester.
6 January 2011
He is returned to the Detainee Unit.
27 February 2011
A booklet of his poetry, This be the Answer, is launched at an event in Edinburgh with readings by novelist A L Kennedy and actor Tam Dean Burn.
4 April 2011
HM Inspectorate of Prisons visit the Detainee Unit and report
“too little attention was paid to their uniquely isolated and uncertain position.”
19 July 2011
Supporters mark the fifth anniversary of his imprisonment by an event in London with contributions from his solicitor Gareth Peirce and veteran campaigner Bruce Kent. Playwright and actor Avaes Mohammed reads a piece by Talha especially written for the occasion.
24 November 2011
10 April 2012
He loses his case
at the ECtHR.10 July 2012
He submits an appeal to the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR.
23 May 2012
He participates in a Home Affairs Committee hearing from prison via videolink. Chairman Keith Vaz MP acknowledges his “fortitude” in detainment.“My Name is Ahsan” event
(after Bollywood film, My Name is Ahsan
) held in central London with contributions from Natwest 3 David Bermingham
and actor Riz Ahmed
Extradition film tours the UK.19 July 2012
His family marks the sixth anniversary of his detention by an event with contributions from academic and writer Amrit Wilson and London Assembly member Murad Qureshi.
6th September 2012
The BBC reports that British businessman Karl Watkin brings a private prosecution against Babar Ahmad.
20th September 2012
Talha Ahsan’s poem Grieving wins a platinum award as part of the Koestler Trust’s annual awards. His collection of poems entitled Grieving wins a bronze award. Grieving is exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank from 20th September.
24 September 2012
The European Court of Human Rights rejects Talha Ahsan’s request for a referral to the Grand Chamber, ruling that there would be ‘no violation of the applicants’ rights if extradited to stand trial in the United States.’
1st October 2012
Talha Ahsan’s lawyers make an application for a High Court injunction to halt his extradition. Hours later, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, announces his refusal to allow a private prosecution brought by Karl Watkin.
2nd October 2012
High Court hears the applications made by the five extradition detainees, including Talha Ahsan. His lawyers seek to judicially review the CPS’ refusal to prosecute him in the UK.
5th October 2012
High Court refuses a judicial review in Talha Ahsan’s case. He is immediately extradited to the US that evening.
6th October 2012
Talha enters a not-guilty plea at a federal district court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut. He is remanded into custody.