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Prosecuting Terrorism

Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

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Five men sentenced over terrorism offences connected to the Birmingham beheading plot

18/02/2008

Five men were sentenced today over terrorism offences relating to a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier. The ring leader Parviz Khan and three others already pleaded guilty to terrorism offences before the start of the trial in January.

Zahoor Iqbal, who denied his involvement, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court of terrorism offences of supplying equipment for use in committing acts of terrorism in Pakistan on Friday 15 February.

Following the conviction, Rose-Marie Franton of CPS Counter Terrorism Division said: "The ring leader of this terrorism cell, Parviz Khan, pleaded guilty to a brutal and cold blooded plan to kidnap and kill a British Muslim.

"Parviz Khan also organised the supply of equipment to assist those fighting against the British and American forces in Afghanistan.

"The evidence showed that Zahoor Iqbal, with others, was willing to carry out the orders of Khan. Altogether, they put great effort into the acquisition of materials such as computer hard drives, night vision cameras and thermal clothing including balaclavas, all of which were sent to Pakistan for use against coalition forces.

"The fact that four of the defendants involved in the same agreement, including the ring leader, pleaded guilty to these offences showed that we had a strong prosecution case.

"From the early stages of this case we worked closely with West Midlands Police and the Security Service. This conviction demonstrates our determination to work closely together to present the strongest cases against people who plan and commit acts of terrorism."

Amjad Mahmood was found not guilty of failing to disclose the plot and supplying equipment and Zahoor Iqbal was found not guilty of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist.

  1. Prior to the start of the trial on 29 January 2008 at Leicester Crown Court, the following defendants pleaded guilty:
    • Parviz KHAN - two counts under Section 5(1) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 - engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism and two counts under S58(1)(b) TACT 2000 - possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
    • Mohammed IRFAN - one count under S 5(1) TACT 2006 and one count under S58(1)(b) remains on file.
    • Bassiru GASSAMA - S38B TACT 2006 - failure to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism.
    • Hamid ELASMAR - one count under S5(1) TACT 2006 and one count under S58(1)(b) TACT 2000 no evidence was offered.
    • Zahoor Iqbal was convicted on Friday 15 February 2008 under Section 5(1) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 - engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism.
    • Amjad Mahmood was found not guilty under Section 5(1) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 - engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism and was found not guilty of one count under S38B TACT 2006.
    • Zahoor Iqbal was found not guilty of one count under S58(1)(b) TACT 2000 - possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
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