Umar Azmeh comments on R v Ahmed [2021] EWCA Crim. 1786 in the Criminal Law Review

Umar Azmeh comments on R v Ahmed [2021] EWCA Crim. 1786 in the Criminal Law Review

BCL associate Umar Azmeh’s case comment on R v Ahmed [2021] EWCA Crim. 1786 has been published in the latest edition of the Criminal Law Review.

*Here is a short extract from the article:

R v Ahmed [2021] EWCA Crim. 1786 was a case in which the appellant pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 4 years, six months and 10 days. This was the longest sentence recorded in the jurisdiction for the offence of perverting the course of justice. The facts of the case are scarcely believable: following an affair with the complainant – a practising barrister – which ended when the appellant discovered that the complainant was married, the appellant embarked on a long, manipulative and sophisticated campaign to destroy his life which included false allegations of rape which resulted in the complainant’s arrest and interview by the police. She also stabbed herself – an injury that might have been fatal – in an attempt to frame the complainant for the causing the injury. The Court of Appeal quashed the sentence, replacing it with a determinate sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Umar’s Case Comment analyses the reasoning of the Court of Appeal, which includes a review of the circumstances in which various life sentences may be imposed, including the “discretionary” life sentence imposed in this matter.”

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Umar Azmeh is a solicitor at BCL, specialising in business crime, financial crime, and regulatory investigations. He has significant experience of criminal investigations involving money laundering and bribery, and has worked with clients on sanctions, tax, and proceeds of crime issues. He has expertise in commercial litigation, including civil fraud with an international dimension, and particularly where there is a criminal aspect. He has also advised both corporations and individuals on potential liability under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Fraud Act 2006, and the Bribery Act 2010, which includes drafting relevant policies for corporate clients.

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