The chances of Babar Ahmad remaining in the UK are looking increasingly slim, as High Court judges have rejected his appeal against extradition to the United States.
Ahmad was arrested in August 2004 whilst working in ICT on Level 4 of Mechanical Engineering. He is wanted by the US for allegedly setting up and maintaining websites used to raise money for the Taleban and Chechen rebels, and to recruit fighters for those causes.
The appeal was rejected on the grounds that it could not be proven that Ahmad would be treated unfairly should the extradition proceed. The core argument against extradition by his supporters has been that the new extradition treaty with the United States is unfair, as US authorities are no longer required to give evidence to a UK court.
Imperial College Union currently has a policy to oppose Ahmad's extradition, titled 'Free Babar Ahmad' The policy was passed in controversial circumstances following an outburst by one of its supporters, who had to be removed from the room by security.
The only option now available to Ahmad is to appeal to the House of Lords if judges at the High Court permit it.