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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.

The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

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:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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Umran Javed sentenced for possession of terrorist material


Umran Javed was today sentenced at the Old Bailey to 12 months for three counts of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism.

David Hurlstone, CPS specialist prosecutor, said: "Javed is a dangerous criminal who was found in possession of prohibited terrorist material.

"The documents not only contained detailed instructions on how to carry out an assassination as part of Jihad, but also suggested preferred targets and identified the nationalities of those to be targeted in order of 'importance'.

"Terrorism takes many forms and this conviction sends a clear message that possession of this kind of material is criminal."



  • Javed pleaded guilty on 31 August 2012 to three counts contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • On 5 January 2007 the defendant was convicted at the Central Criminal Court of offences of Soliciting Murder and Stirring Up Racial Hatred for which he was sentenced to a total of 6 years' imprisonment on 18 July 2007. That sentence was later reduced to 4 years on appeal.