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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.

Find out more about how we prosecute cases of terrorism.

Three convicted of plotting 'catastrophic' terror attack


Ashik Ali, Ifran Khalid and Ifran Naseer were today convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of a total of 12 counts of committing acts in preparation for a terrorist attack.

Karen Jones, specialist counter terrorism prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These men had dangerous aspirations and whilst the precise targets remained unclear, the potential for damage and loss of life from their plot should not be underestimated.

"The evidence we put to the court showed the defendants discussing with awe and admiration the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7. These terrorists wanted to do something bigger, speaking of how 7/7 had 'gone a bit wrong'.

"Having travelled to Pakistan for expert training and preparation, Naseer and Khalid returned to the UK where they discussed attacks involving up to eight rucksacks. Had they not been stopped, the consequences would have been catastrophic.

"We pieced together over 25,000 pages of served evidence with video and audio. It was like a complex jigsaw puzzle leading to a strong and compelling case. Today has shown that even when some preparation for acts of terrorism takes place abroad, perpetrators can and will face justice in British courts.

"The success of this case is largely down to the close working between police, the Security Service (MI5) and the CPS."