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Man to be charged over Iraqi road side bombs

24/09/2014

Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, I have today authorised charges against Anis Abid Sardar in connection to a number of road side improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered from the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2007.

"It is alleged that Mr Sardar conspired to murder coalition forces operating in Iraq on or before 22 November 2007 by conspiring to cause the explosion of these IEDs. The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. I have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."

Anis Abid Sardar, of North West London, will be charged with the following offences:

  • One count of conspiracy to murder, contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977:  Anis Abid Sardar on or before 22 November 2007, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, conspired with Sajjad Nabil Salih Al S Adnan to murder others unknown.
  • One count of conspiring to cause an explosion with intent to endanger life or property contrary to section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883: Anis Abid Sardar on or before 22 November 2007, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, unlawfully and maliciously conspired with Sajjad Nabil Salih Al S Adnan to cause by an explosive substance explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Ms Walsh said: "Anis Abid Sardar will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow, 25 September 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Sardar has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

For Information: The consent of the Attorney or Solicitor Generals is required for both these offences. This was granted by the Solicitor.

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