Can those acquitted of conspiracy still conspire with others?

06.02.12 | |

The case of C v R. [2012] EWCA Crim 6 (19 January 2012) has been reported following the acquittal of C at his retrial for conspiracy to import 4 tons of cannabis. Rupert Bowers represented the successful appellant. At the first trial C's co-accused had been acquitted and the jury could not decide on C. The issue on appeal within a preparatory hearing was whether the Crown could continue to allege the guilty participation of those acquitted, despite their acquittals. The acquitted men applied to intervene claiming that they were still "accused" for the purposes of Article 6(2) of the ECHR. The Court refused the application to intervene.

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