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CPS secures conviction against final member of UK terrorist cell

12/06/2007

Qaisar Shaffi, the final member of a terrorist cell which was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as one of the most dangerous terrorist cells in the UK, was today found guilty of conspiracy to murder.

Patrick Stevens, Crown Prosecutor in the case, said "Qaisar Shaffi's conviction is the final stage in bringing to justice one of the most dangerous and ambitious terrorist cells ever to operate in this country.

"He is the last member of an 8 man terrorist group lead by Dhiren Barot to face the consequences of their actions. Last November, a court heard that Barot planned to cause death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. He intended to murder hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians in a series of coordinated explosive attacks.

"These plans were first intended for America on buildings in New York, Newark and Washington and were then refined and developed into plans for attacks on buildings and the transport system in London.

"His aim was to recreate the devastation of the attacks on September 11 and in Madrid and he gathered round him a group of men willing to help."

Barot was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to life imprisonment on November 7, 2006. Since then, six more men have admitted conspiring with him to cause explosions.

Mr Stevens said: "Because of the need to protect the public the defendants were arrested at an early stage. This meant that at the beginning we had very little admissible evidence on which to build a case. The fact that ultimately seven members of this terrorist cell pleaded guilty is a testament to the tireless dedication of the whole prosecution team who built a case of such strength that the defendants had no choice but to admit to their horrendous crimes."

  1. Dhiren Barot pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder on October 12 2006. He was sentenced to life to serve a minimum of 40 years on November 7, 2006, reduced to 30 years on appeal.
  2. Junade Feroze, 31, Zia Ul Haq, 28, Abdul Aziz Jalil, 34, Omar Abdur Rehman, 23, and Nadeem Tarmohamed, 28, pleaded guilty to causing explosions prior to Qaisar Shaffi's trial. They will be sentenced along with Shaffi at a later date.
  3. Charge details: "Between 19th February 2001 and 4th August 2004 you conspired together and with Dhiren Barot and other persons unknown unlawfully and maliciously to cause by an explosive substance an explosion or explosions of a nature likely to endanger life."
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    Contrary to the Explosive Substances Act 1883 as extended by Section 62 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

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