• Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome” cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.
• As widely reported yesterday evening and this morning, a major drug and money laundering operation has been smashed by the CPS and Metropolitan Police. Jonathan McGarry, reviewing lawyer from CPS London, said:
“Today’s hearing in the last of 16 linked trials marks the conclusion of the biggest ever criminal case in London handled by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police. The investigation began in 2007. It included, in 2008, a drugs bust in which over 100kg of cocaine was seized, still wet with seawater, having arrived on our shores just hours earlier after being loaded by criminals onto an inflatable raft.
“I was on hand to advise the police from ‘day one’ on the sort of evidence that would be admissible in court and would help to build an unbeatable prosecution case. As part of that, the CPS considered over 1000 witness statements. Having also co-ordinated the 16 trials, I have seen dozens of corrupt criminals face justice and a series of drugs and money-laundering networks disbanded.
“I thank the Metropolitan Police for their exhaustive investigation, and pay tribute to the witnesses who bravely came forward to give evidence to ensure these dangerous men would not go unpunished.”
• Former MP David Chaytor will be sentenced tomorrow at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty on 3 December to three counts of false accounting.
• The trial of Eric Illsley MP in relation to Parliamentary expenses begins on Monday 10 January at Southwark Crown Court.