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CPS statement on R V Farooqi and others

09/09/2011

CPS statement on the case of R V Farooqi and others

 Rose-Marie Franton, Unit Head and senior lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service's Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "This was a very serious case where these men used their Manchester market stall as a front to lure young men into ostensibly becoming converts to Islam, but with the ultimate aim of recruiting them to attend terrorist training camps and fight overseas.

"A thorough and careful preparation of the evidence by Greater Manchester Police and the CPS included secretly recorded conversations by two undercover police officers which demonstrated how they were being groomed to fight abroad against coalition and British troops in Afghanistan.

"These conversations were played to the jury and the two undercover officers, who gave evidence in court from behind screens to protect their identities, also described to the court exactly how the defendants tried to persuade them to help with violent jihad.

"The prosecution said that Munir Ahmed Farooqi, his son Harris Farooqi, Matthew Ronald Newton and Israr Hussain Malik all used various means to groom the officers, referred to in court as Simon and Ray, to fight against the coalition forces in Afghanistan.

"The defendants gave them terrorist books and DVDs to read and watch, some of them with appalling images of atrocities against Muslims.

"The prosecution said that far from trying to help Simon and Ray reach a genuine understanding of Islam, the motive of Munir Farooqi and his associates was to recruit fighters with a religious duty to train, fight, kill and die if necessary.

"The four defendants faced 12 charges including soliciting to murder, dissemination of terrorist publications and engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. They denied the charges but Munir Farooqi, Matthew Newton and Israr Malik have been found guilty of all charges. Harris Farooqi was acquitted of the charge he faced."

Charges

Munir Farooqi

3 x soliciting to murder

1 x engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism by attempting to recruit others to engage in violence abroad

1 x distributing terrorist publications.

Harris Farooqi

1 x engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism by attempting to recruit others to engage in violence abroad

Matthew Newton

2 x distributing terrorist publication

1 x engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism by attempting to recruit others to engage in violence abroad.

Israr Malik

2 x soliciting to murder

1 x engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism by attempting to recruit others to engage in violence abroad.