Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said:
"The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Dr Majeed Ridha with allegedly encouraging or assisting either (i) the administration of a drug called Misoprostol with intent to procure a miscarriage or (ii) the supply of a drug called Misoprostol for the purpose of procuring a miscarriage. This charge relates to an investigation by The Sunday Times newspaper involving an undercover journalist conducted in September 2012.
“Dr Ridha faces a charge of encouraging or assisting an offence, contrary to section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. He is alleged to have encouraged an offence under either section 58 or section 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
"Dr Ridha will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 10 April 2014.
“We have also decided that no further action should be taken in relation to a pharmacist who was also connected with the same investigation by The Sunday Times newspaper, as we determined that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.
“May I remind all concerned that Dr Ridha has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."
Under s46 of the Serious Crime Act, the prosecution can allege that a defendant encouraged one or more offences. Our duty is to select the most appropriate offence. Parliament allows this form of charging where encouragement of assistance might relate to one or more offence.