Iraq bomber trial: Why Anis Sardar was convicted in UK

  • 22 May 2015
  • From the section UK
Anis Sardar
Anis Sardar's conviction has been hailed as a "landmark prosecution"

How can a man who helped make bombs in a foreign war end up on trial in a British court?

Anis Sardar, a 38-year-old black cab driver from Wembley, London, has been convicted of his role in making an improvised explosive device that blew up a US Army patrol, near Baghdad, in 2007.

The blast killed Sgt Randy Johnson of the US 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

This unique prosecution relied on painstaking forensic science and circumstantial evidence.

Those investigations placed the Londoner inside the team of bombmakers in western Baghdad and ultimately led to his conviction eight years after Sgt Johnson's death.

Extra-territorial crimes

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Islamic State: Court reveals race to detain UK family

  • 20 May 2015
  • From the section UK
Asif Malik and Sara Kiran
Asif Malik and Sara Kiran have four children

An unusual judgement from the family courts has revealed a race against time to stop a family heading to join so-called Islamic State.

The judgement, released by the High Court, details frantic efforts by authorities in the UK and Moldova to stop Asif Malik and Sara Kiran taking their four children into the Syrian warzone.

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Can ministers define extremism?

  • 13 May 2015
  • From the section UK
Anjem Choudary
Will Islamist political activist Anjem Choudary soon lose his microphone?

In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court famously gave up looking for a legal definition of pornography and declared, "I know it when I see it."

Will the British government's plan to define extremism face the same problem?

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The battle of the e-Muftis

The Grand Mufti of Jordan
The Grand Mufti of Jordan: The young generation have more power to do this than the older one

In one corner, there's the religious establishment of a global faith - complete with 1,400 years of collected learning. In the other, there is the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and its daily dose of propaganda videos flooding the internet. Have traditional clerics got what it takes to be heard in this digital culture war?

Even if every Muslim scholar in the world constantly tweeted against IS, young Muslims on social media could simply turn their backs and carry on reading IS's output. But Jordan's e-Muftis are among those beginning, slowly, to put up a fight online.

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The Calgary mother fighting radicalisation in Syria

Christianne Boudreau
Christianne Boudreau: Searching for answers

Canada is thousands of miles away from the war zone in Syria and Iraq - yet the self-styled Islamic State has recruited young fighters to join its cause. Can the lessons from the death of one young Canadian help prevent other tragedies?

Christianne Boudreau is baking cookies. While there's snow on the ground across the city of Calgary and the plains below the Canadian Rockies, there's the warm glow of family life in her kitchen.

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European Court backs UK-Lithuania extradition

  • 16 April 2015
  • From the section UK
European Court of Human Rights
Seven judges at the European Court of Human Rights made the ruling

A Lithuanian man accused of serious offences including murders has lost his attempt to persuade the European Court of Human Rights to stop his extradition from the UK.

Kestutis Martuzevicius, who moved to the UK in 1996, was told his case was "manifestly ill-founded".

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Erol Incedal: The trial we couldn't report

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Tower Bridge seen at night

On 13 October 2013, armed police blew out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London. That much we know for sure about the arrest and prosecution of Erol Incedal for preparing for acts of terrorism.

Since then, he has faced two trials for preparing for acts of terrorism. But what was his alleged plan?

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The Britons signing up for Jihad

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Ifthekar Jaman in Syria
Ifthekar Jaman used his online status to attract others to his cause

When Ifthekar Jaman, from Portsmouth, arrived in Syria in 2013 and began posting images of himself posing as a jihadist fighter - and, somewhat bizarrely, occasional pictures of cats - he seemed something of an exception.

Here was a 23-year-old who had arrived in the middle of an increasingly internecine conflict, saying it was his duty to take up arms because he saw Muslims being slaughtered.

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MPs 'monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s'

  • 25 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Peter Francis in his various guises
Peter Francis: transformed his appearance as he went deep undercover

A former undercover police officer has told BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.

Ex-Special Branch officer Peter Francis says he saw files on 10 Labour MPs which he and others regularly updated.

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Syria: How should police deal with those who try to go?

  • 16 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Three teenagers suspected of travelling to Syria were detained in the Turkish city of Istanbul this month

Four arrests in three days of young men whom police suspect of trying to head to Syria.

We don't know the full detail of the allegations in each of these cases, but the level of counter-terrorism police activity at the moment underlines that Syria is not going away.

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