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LONDON: A Pakistani nationwide and as soon as a number one gold service provider is languishing in certainly one of London’s infamous prisons for years in inhuman circumstances awaiting a call from the European Court docket of Human Rights on his enchantment in opposition to a potential extradition to the US the place he faces life with out parole in jail if discovered responsible.

There isn’t a case in opposition to Muhammad Asif Hafeez within the UK nor has he ever been charged for any wrongdoing within the nation however is being held on the HMP Belmarsh jail – which homes among the most harmful native and international criminals concerned in terrorism or lethal crimes.

He’s held on the request of the US authorities after being arrested from his multi-million kilos Regent’s Park flat on 25 August 2017 over expenses of conspiring to import heroin into america together with some Indian nationals from Kenya and others.

This correspondent has learnt intimately how Hafeez has been denied entry to medication and important well being care and the way his household has been barred from seeing him in practically three years now. Court docket papers reveal he suffers from a number of well being issues. Trusted sources say Hafeez’s well being has deteriorated and he has collapsed a number of instances, neglected by the jail authorities ever since he was transferred to the southeast London facility.

Family and friends of Hafeez consider that the UK authorities has gone out of its solution to torture him on directions of the US authorities, particularly after he took his extradition case to the ECHR. His sons, daughter and spouse haven’t been allowed to satisfy him in years, first in Wandsworth jail and now in Belmarsh.

Sources says since been shifted to Belmarsh, Hafeez stays locked up for as much as 23 hours a day and allowed out of his tiny cell just for an hour – badly impacting his well being. Nevertheless, after The Information made inquiries from the Ministry of Justice, a Jail Service spokesman mentioned: “These claims are untrue. The prisoner receives regular medical care, can leave his cell for several hours a day, and has frequent access to video and phone calls.” The spokesman added that Hafeez was being saved at Belmarsh, as the ability was “most suited to his security risk”.

Court docket papers say Hafeez is needed for a trial within the USA for drug trafficking associated offences and for conspiring to import heroin into the US, carrying a most penalty of life imprisonment. Hafeez denies all expenses together with that he was the “Sultan” of medicine.

Hafeez, 63, initially educated as a industrial pilot however later moved to Dubai to affix the household’s gold enterprise. He has been a donor of Princes Belief, Imran Khan’s Most cancers Hospital and SOS Youngsters charity.


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