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Three serving prisoners to be charged with false imprisonment of HMP Full Sutton officer

22/08/2013

Rakesh Sarin, a lawyer in the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by the police's North East Counter Terrorism Unit, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges against three men currently detained in prison.

"It is alleged that on 26 May 2013 Feroz Khan, Fuad Awale and David Watson, all of whom were at that time prisoners at HMP Full Sutton, unlawfully imprisoned a prison officer and detained him against his will. They will be jointly charged with one count of false imprisonment, contrary to common law. A number of demands were made during the incident which resulted in the case being handled by counter terrorism officers and specialist prosecutors.

"Feroz Khan will also be charged with making a threat to kill the prison officer, and one charge with inflicting grievous bodily harm on him. He will further be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a second prison officer.

"Fuad Awale will also be charged with making a threat to kill the first prison officer.

"All these offences are alleged to have taken place during the same incident on 26 May this year.

"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"All three defendants will appear via video link at Westminster Magistrates' Court today (22 August 2013).

"Proceedings for criminal offences have now been commenced. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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