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Talha Ahsan is a British citizen born in London in 1979. He was educated at Dulwich College before receiving first class honours in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In the week of his arrest he had job interviews to train as a librarian. He is a serious, bookish young man, very gentle, softly spoken and thoughtful. He is also a translator and keen poet and has received acclaim from novelist A.L. Kennedy amongst others.
Talha Ahsan was arrested at his home on 19 July 2006 in response to a request from the USA under the Extradition Act 2003 which does not require the presentation of any prima facie evidence. He is accused in the US of terrorism-related offences arising out of an alleged involvement over the period of 1997-2004 with a series of websites, one of which happened to be located on a server in America.
He has never been arrested or questioned by British police.
He was extradited on 5 October 2012.