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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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The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

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Man sentenced to six years for preparation of acts of terror following radicalisation online


Trevor Mulindwa, 21, was sentenced on 21 December to six years in prison following his conviction of preparation of acts of terrorism at Kingston Crown Court.

Mulindwa was arrested in Terminal 3 of Heathrow airport in September 2014 as he attempted to travel to Mogadishu in order to join the proscribed terrorist organisation Al-Shabbab. At the time he was found to be in possession of a phone which contained a history of visits to six websites, all with a terrorist theme.

Mulindwa claimed he was visiting his cousin, Joseph, in Uganda, a claim he could not back up with any evidence.

Deb Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following a stay in a psychiatric hospital Trevor Mulindwa became increasingly radicalised, seeking out jihadi websites and developing an obsession with the terrorist group Al-Shabbab.

"His lack of even the most basic understanding of Islam illustrates how little he cared for its spirituality and how focused he was on committing violence. This led him to attempt to travel to Mogadishu to join terrorist groups, his worried family contacted police which led to his arrest at the airport.

"Those who seek out radicalisation and attempt to travel to commit acts of terror will be prevented from doing so and prosecuted."


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