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Terrorism

ABV Solicitors have a specialist team of expert lawyers with considerable experience of defending those who face allegations under various Anti-Terrorism Laws and have acted in a number of High Profile cases.

Investigations led by the Counter Terrorism Command and Secret Services can cause considerable distress and anxiety to suspects and their families often resulting in widespread media attention which poses particularly unique challenges requiring expert legal advice.

The Police and the Secret Services have been granted wide ranging powers to investigate allegations of terrorism set out in complex legislation. ABV Solicitors have the expertise to protect individuals from an abuse of that power and to assert their basic and fundamental human rights.

The consequences both for the individual and the families of those accused of these offences can be life changing and may involve intervention from other agencies such as Social Services. Having the right team of experts advising from the outset will ensure that you get specialist advice at every step of the process.

The team at ABV Solicitors represent clients facing a broad spectrum of allegations and investigations including;

  • Examination under Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000 : Questioning at a Port, Airport or International Railway Station.
  • s.5 Terrorism Act 2006: Engaging in the preparation of acts of terrorism or assisting others in the preparation of acts of terrorism.
  • s.58 Terrorism Act 2000: Collecting or making a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism or possessing such material.
  • s.2 Terrorism Act 2006: Distribution of Terrorist Publications with intention of encouraging terrorist acts.
  • s.38b (1) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000: Failing to notify Police where a person believes that someone they know is preparing for an act of terrorism.
  • s.11 & s.12 Terrorism Act 2000: Membership or support of a Proscribed Organisation.
  • s.15, s.17 Terrorism Act 2000: Being involved in the Funding of Terrorism.
  • s.3(1)(b) Explosives Substances Act 1883: Possession of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury or damage to property.
  • Control Orders: Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.

Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day to provide expert legal advice in emergency situations. If you or somebody you know requires advice in respect of any aspect of the above, contact ABV Solicitors on 0344 587 9996 or alternatively email us at info@abvsolicitors.co.uk

Notable Cases

R v H

This is an investigation under s58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 relating to material held or collected by an individual that could be used to commit a terrorist act. This was a highly sensitive case involving issues of national security, human rights, liaison with other governments and agencies due to the nature of the confidential material held by the individual.

R v S

An investigation by specialist units under s11 of the Terrorism Act 2000 relating to an individual being a member of a proscribed organisation, namely Hezbollah. This case contained serious issues where the client’s objective was to seek asylum which had to be finely balanced with avoiding potential criminal charges.

Operation Calcitic – Woolwich Crown Court

We represented the sister of the main defendant who entered guilty pleas to engaging in conduct to commit acts of terrorism. His wife was also charged in encouraging him but was convicted by a jury. Our client entered guilty pleas on a basis to sending a terrorist publication, intending to either directly/ indirectly to encourage them to prepare an act of terrorism. This case required analysis of the WhatsApp chat, and web search history. The defence team prepared a significant mitigation bundle which resulted in a reduced sentence of 30 months imprisonment.

Operation Tappa – Old Bailey

This was a high profile terrorism case involving two males who travelled to Syria to engage in violent jihad and were both convicted in a separate trial. The defendant, who was initially a prosecution witness, was said to have assisted these defendants in making arrangements to go to Syria and provided them with detailed advice on how to cross the Turkey and Syrian border.

Operation Examine – Woolwich Crown Court

This was a high profile terrorism case involving two males who travelled to Syria to engage in violent jihad and were both convicted in a separate trial. The defendant, who was initially a prosecution witness, was said to have assisted these defendants in making arrangements to go to Syria and provided them with detailed advice on how to cross the Turkey and Syrian border.

Key Individuals

Akhtar Ahmad

Akhtar Ahmad

Director

Sunita Mehta London Solicitor

Sunita Mehta

Solicitor

Hanisha Godhania Solicitor London ABV

Hanisha Godhania

Solicitor

Amirah Ajaz

Amirah Ajaz

Solicitor

Anwar Ahmed Solicitor

Anwar Ahmed

Solicitor

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