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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.

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Brustholm Ziamani jailed over plot to behead British soldier


At the Old Bailey today, Friday 20 March 2015, Brustholm Ziamani was jailed, having been convicted on 19 February 2015 of one count of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5(1) Terrorism Act 2006. Brustholm Ziamani was aged 18 at the time of the offence.

The court heard how Brustholm Ziamani had a settled plan to decapitate a member of the armed forces, or a government official, and display the severed head for photography. When arrested, he was found in possession of the equipment required for the planned attack and had conducted research on the locations of army cadet bases in south east London.

Deb Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Brustholm Ziamani is a highly dangerous individual and this country is significantly safer as a result of this conviction.

"This case highlights how violent and extreme views on a page can become credible threats to the lives and safety of British citizens.

"This successful conviction is testament to the work of our dedicated counter-terrorism prosecutors who, with police colleagues, are determined to play their part in the fight against terrorism."


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