Defendant in unprecedented “secret trial” is acquitted of terrorism charge

Law student Erol Incedal, represented by Joel Bennathan QC and Richard Thomas, instructed by Birnberg Peirce and Partners, has been acquitted of plotting terrorist acts in the UK that were said to include an attack on Tony Blair. On the grounds of national security, the prosecution sought an unprecedented order to hold the trial entirely behind closed doors at the Central Criminal Court. That order was initially granted by the trial judge but varied by the Court of Appeal (In Re Guardian News and Media Ltd [2015] 1 Cr App R 4) to allow a few ‘accredited journalists’ to be present for some aspects of the trial. The vast majority of the trial took place in secret with extensive security arrangements. A jury were unable to agree on the main count in October, but following a re-trial the defendant was acquitted.  

 

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