Terror case against Swede collapses

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Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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The case of a Swedish national arrested in transit at Heathrow airport for terrorism offences has collapsed after lawyers struggled to get information from security services.

Bherlin Gildo, 37, was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey accused of attending a terrorist training camp and receiving weapons training between August 31 2012 and March 1 2013 as well as possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

But today, prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones QC offered no evidence following a review by the Crown Prosecution Service in light of “issues” that had arisen.

Ms Karmy-Jones told the court: “As my Lord is aware the prosecution requested an adjournment of three weeks to consider a number of different issues that had arisen at various stages of the case.

“The prosecution has taken the opportunity to review the evidence in the case and the case as a whole.

“Significant care and attention had been taken in this review. The attorney general and director of public prosecutions have been kept informed.

“Following that full review the prosecution consider there is no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction in this case.”

The Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC formally entered not guilty verdicts on all three of the charges.

Gildo, who appeared via video link from top security Belmarsh prison wearing a black fleece and red trousers, just nodded that he understood what had happened in the court.

At an earlier Old Bailey hearing, Ms Karmy-Jones had said that “third parties” held material that the defence had asked to be disclosed in preparation for the case.

Defending, Henry Blaxland QC responded that it would take no-one by surprise that this material was under the control of government ministers – the security services effectively.

Gildo has been held in custody since his arrest in October last year.

Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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