Christopher Henley QC

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Considerable recent experience of representing clients charged with terrorist offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, and the Terrorism Act 2006. Has provided pre-charge advice to solicitors representing a spiritual leader detained on suspicion of encouraging acts of terrorism. The suspect was released without charge. Currently acting for a secondary school science teacher charged with offences under the Terrorism Act relating to the conflict in Syria

Recent cases include: 

R v Jamshed Javeed (2014) - Allegations of terrorism arising out of the conflict in Syria. Secondary School teacher pleaded guilty to two section 5 Terrorism Act 2006 offences. Extensive news coverage. Drafted the very detailed basis of plea. For news reports, click here: BBC News - Teacher Jamshed Javeed admits Syria terror offences and Daily Telegraph – Jihad Teacher admits Syria related terror offences.

R v Farooqi (2014). In the first attempt by the CPS to obtain forfeiture of a family home under terrorism legislation Chris Henley successfully defended the application for forfeiture arguing the application breached the fundamental human rights of other family members who had committed no offence. See - BBC News - Police fail to seize terror inmate Munir Farooqi's home

R v Sharif Ali (2013) - SA was one of nine defendants arrested under the Terrorism Act as part of a joint US/UK surveillance operation. US Homeland Security investigators believed that SA was a member of a cell raising funds for Al Shabbab, in Kenya, by smuggling Khat to US. No evidence linking SA to terrorism. Six week trial.’

R v Omer Butt (2012) - A high profile dentist charged with conspiracy to defraud. The North-West Counter Terrorism Unit conducted this extensive investigation into alleged financial crime. Charges stayed as an abuse of process following lengthy legal argument.

R v Farooqi (2011) – 3-month trial at Manchester Crown Court. Harris Farooqi was the only one of four defendants acquitted of offences contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 (preparation of terrorist acts).

R v Shahid Ali (2009) – Charged with encouraging acts of terrorism abroad.

R v Muhedin Ali (2007) – 3-month trial. MA was charged with offences arising out of the attempted bombings on 21st July 2005. He was acquitted of failing to disclose prior knowledge of the attempts to bomb the London underground. He was convicted of having subsequent contact with Hussein Osman, the Shepherds Bush bomber. Offences contrary to s 38 B Terrorism Act 2000.

Experience of ‘IRA’ terrorism prosecutions. In 1997, represented Brian McHugh alleged to be a quarter master for the IRA, charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.