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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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CPS Statement: Operation Lydd Victims Right to Review decision


The CPS has today made contact with interested parties in the case of the Belhadj and Al Saadi families.

This relates to an application made under the Victims' Right to Review (VRR) Scheme, requesting that the CPS should reconsider its decision not to charge a suspect in relation to allegations concerning the movement and alleged ill treatment of the complainants.

Greg McGill, CPS Director of Legal Services said: "As the result of a request under the Victims' Right to Review scheme the decision to take no further action in this case was looked at again.

"After careful consideration of all the evidence I have decided to uphold the original decision in this case."

Find more information on the VRR process on the CPS website.


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