Asian Dub Foundation have spoken exclusively to NME.COM about the “amazing victory” that has brought about the release of SATPAL RAM after 15 years.
On November 16 1986, Ram was involved in an altercation with six white men outside a restaurant in Birmingham. After being attacked with a wine glass, Ram produced a penknife and one of his attackers was left with two wounds in his back. He later died, after refusing medical treatment.
Musicians and public figures have been heavily involved in the campaign to free Ram. They believe that he acted in self-defence, and should not have been convicted of murder.
As previously reported over the weekend, the Home Office have confirmed he is to be released. It is understood his official release could take place as early as next week as the result of a ruling from the European court.
NME.COM contacted Asian Dub Foundation over the weekend, where they had just come off stage from a concert in Greece.
A delighted bandmember John Pandit said: “Of course, it’s an amazing victory. It’s the whole campaign. There’s a petition list that runs into 20,000 people. Bands like Super Furry Animals, [a][/a] and Primal Scream, have all been supporting the campaign.
“I think there are a lot of people imprisoned falsely in the British system but if you keep fighting something is going to happen. People should gain confidence from this.”
He added that if Ram was interested, the group may consider organising a benefit concert to attempt to raise money for him.
Ram’s cause has been heavily promoted by Primal Scream, and in particular ADF. Their single, ‘Free Satpal Ram’, was based on his imprisonment, and they have organised and spoken at many events aimed at raising the profile of his case.