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UK Terror Suspect, Babar Ahmad Returns Home From US

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A British man convicted of supporting the Taliban in the US has been freed after spending 11 years in prison, according to a statement by his family. A picture shared on Facebook on Sunday showed Babar Ahmad at home with his father, a vocal figure in the decade-long campaign to free him.  Aljazeera reports:

The computer expert from London spent eight years in British custody without charge before he was extradited to the US, accused of running a website in support of the Afghan Taliban.

“Eleven years of solitary confinement and isolation in ten different prisons has been an experience too profound to sum up in a few words here and now,” Ahmad was quoted as saying in the statement. “In October 2012, I was blindfolded, shackled and forcibly stripped naked when I was extradited to the US,” he said adding that “US and UK government officials” had treated him with respect after his release.

A judge sentenced Ahmad and another man, Talha Ahsan, in October last year, with Ahsan being released immediately because of the time he had already spent in custody. Ahmad received a 12,5-year sentence, but the ruling also took in to account the period he had already spent in jail.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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