R. v. Barot

[2007] EWCA Crim 1119 (2007)

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R. v. Barot

England and Wales Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
[2007] EWCA Crim 1119 (2007)

Facts

In the early 2000s, Islamic extremists carried out terrorist attacks in many countries. Unlike most politically motivated terrorists, Islamic extremists frequently displayed a willingness to engage in suicide attacks. United Kingdom crown prosecutors indicted Dhiren Barot (defendant), a known Islamic extremist, for conspiring to commit deadly terrorist attacks on civilian targets in the United Kingdom. These attacks were to have been financed by the Al Qaida Islamic-extremist group responsible for deadly suicide attacks against the United States in 2001. Barot pleaded guilty. The trial judge sentenced Barot to imprisonment for 40 years to life. In his sentencing remarks, the judge commented that had Barot’s plans matured and come to fruition, thousands of civilians might have been killed. Barot appealed to the England and Wales Court of Appeal, Criminal Division. The appellate court conducted a hearing, during which it became clear that, to play up Barot’s expertise and at Barot’s insistence, Barot’s lawyer downplayed expert testimony that Barot’s plans were amateurish, fatally flawed, and probably would not have worked.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Phillips, C.J.)

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