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In the modern world with increased communication and travel opportunities crime is increasingly an international issue. International crime includes: technology crime (such as money laundering, fraud, confidence tricksters or other internet scams), immigration offences, extradition (either into or out of this country). The Crown Prosecution Service cooperates with international agencies in order to effectively prosecute international crimes.

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New presence in Pakistan for CPS


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has appointed its first CPS liaison magistrate - or prosecutor - in Pakistan, adding to its team of lawyers based around the world to assist in the fight against global crime.

Ian Dawson, currently a specialist prosecutor in the CPS Organised Crime Division, will take up his role in Islamabad later this month. He joins existing CPS prosecutors already based in France, America, Italy and Spain.

Commenting on his appointment Ian said: “I am delighted to have been offered this exciting opportunity. I will be representing the interests of all the prosecution agencies in the UK, not just the CPS, and I hope that I will be able to improve working relationships between criminal justice agencies in the UK and Pakistan.”

Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC said: “Serious crime knows no borders, and this cadre of international CPS lawyers is vital in helping us to build relationships with important foreign legal partners. This protects British interests and serves criminal justice at home. I welcome Ian’s appointment as a reflection of the priority we attach to UK-Pakistan co-operation in the struggle against trans-national crime.”

Ian’s role is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and will be based at the British Consulate. The CPS hopes to forge links with law enforcement and judicial figures in Pakistan and improve understanding of the respective legal systems. This in turn should help with mutual legal assistance in areas such as terrorism and organised crime.

The CPS liaison magistrates were established in 2001 and each is a two or three-year posting. The core business is facilitating and advising on matters of mutual legal assistance on behalf of all UK law enforcement agencies. For example, in 2005 Sally Cullen in Rome was at the heart of successful attempts to secure the speedy extradition of Hussein Osman, one of the July 21 bombers using the 'new’ European Arrest Warrant procedure. Pamela Hudson in Paris has been heavily involved in connection with the Inquest into the death of the Diana, Princess of Wales.

  1. For security reasons, we regret that we cannot supply a photograph of Ian Dawson.
  2. The CPS liaison magistrates are: Sally Cullen based in the Italian Ministry of Justice in Rome; Pamela Hudson based in the French Ministry of Justice in Paris and Dominic Barry in the Spanish Ministry of Justice in Madrid. Nick Vamos is based in the US Department of Justice in Washington.
  3. In 2007 CPS Liaison Magistrates dealt with 212 Letters of Request, 32 European Arrest Warrants, 54 extradition enquiries and 70 requests for advice.
  4. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6088.
  5. The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution;
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute;
    • Preparing cases for court;
    • Presentation of cases at court;

    The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 83.7% in 2006-2007. Further information can be found on this website.