Terrorist Kidnap Case collapses

Four barristers from Doughty Street were involved in the Syrian kidnap case, involving the alleged hostage-taking of journalists covering the conflict in Syria, which collapsed on Monday with the prosecution offering no evidence.


Doughty Street’s involvement was through James Wood QC and Piers Marquis (instructed by Matt Hood and Majid Khan at Norman H Barnett) for Jubayer Chowdhury and Joel Bennathan QC and Richard Thomas (instructed by Birnberg Pierce) for Najul Islam.


The case involved unusual  jurisdictional and legal issues relating to terrorist purpose and terrorist acts overseas, but floundered in the lead up to trial on the apparent reluctance of key prosecution witnesses to testify.


Verdicts of Not Guilty were formally recorded for all defendants.


For press coverage, see here: The Telegraph, BBC, The GuardianThe Independent and The Daily Mail

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