Mustaf Jama, sixth Beshenivsky defendant, brought to justice

22/07/2009

The extradition of Mustaf Jama, convicted today of the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, was a prime example of co-operation between the UK and international authorities, said Crown Advocate Helen Gaunt of West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service.

Ms Gaunt said: "After the shooting, Mustaf Jama fled the country for Somalia, in the belief that the UK authorities would not be able to get hold of him there and bring him back. He was wrong.

"CPS lawyers in West Yorkshire consulted with colleagues in the Special Crime Division in London with expertise in extradition requests. Together with West Yorkshire Police we were determined Mustaf Jama should return to face justice."

An extradition request was prepared by CPS lawyers and sent through the Home Office to the Somali authorities. Mustaf Jamas successful extradition in November 2007 is a prime example of what can be achieved by co-operation between the UK and international authorities.

PC Beshenivsky was shot dead during an armed raid on a Bradford travel agents on 18 November 2005. Ms Gaunt said the raid led to one of the most challenging and complex cases ever handled by West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service.

Five defendants, including Mustaf Jamas brother Yusuf, were brought to trial in 2006 and convicted for their parts in the robbery and killing.

Ms Gaunt said: "The jury heard that Mustaf Jama played a key role in the events leading up to PC Beshenivskys tragic death.  All the men convicted, including Mustaf Jama, were responsible for her killing.

"This was an extremely complicated case involving hundreds of hours of work by police and CPS. We have worked hand in hand with our police colleagues to build the strongest prosecution case possible.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senior Investigating Officer Andy Brennan and all his team, who have worked tirelessly to ensure these men were brought to justice, as well as Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division lawyers, government representatives and embassy staff who played their part in ensuring Mustaf Jama was brought back.

"Finally our thoughts are with PC Beshenivskys family, friends and colleagues. We hope they can take some small comfort from today's verdict."