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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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Man guilty of Iraq bombings


Anis Abid Sardar, 38, of north west London, has today been convicted at Woolwich Crown Court for his involvement in the making of bombs used against coalition forces in Iraq in 2007. He was convicted on two counts: murder and conspiracy to murder.

A number of pressure-plate activated bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices, were found buried under the roads leading west out of Baghdad and in an area close to the US Army's Camp Liberty. One of those bombs detonated fully on 27 September 2007 as a US military vehicle passed over it, killing Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson.

During the course of the trial, Anis Sardar admitted taking up arms against Shia militia north-west of Baghdad, the same area where the bombs were discovered.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a landmark prosecution that shows we will do everything in our power to ensure that international borders are no barrier to terrorists in the UK being brought to justice for murder committed anywhere in the world.

"Anis Sardar is a highly dangerous man who created bombs so large that not only did they tragically kill Sgt Randy Johnson, but they put other lives in danger and caused significant damage to heavily armoured US military vehicles.

"Although Anis Sardar's fingerprints were found only on two of the bombs, it is beyond doubt that he was part of a joint enterprise to make four such devices, and potentially many others, given their similarity and location.

"He knew precisely what he was doing and was working with murderous intent against coalition forces."


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