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Zayd Ahmed successful in abuse of process argument in drug supply case

06/12/2023

Zayd Ahmed was instructed by Stephen Garland of EBR Attridge to represent a defendant charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs where the value was significant.

The defence relied upon was under s45 Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Zayd and Stephen instructed a modern slavery expert, and Zayd made an abuse of process argument on the basis of failure to investigate and the principles in V.C.L. and A.N. v The United Kingdom (Applications nos. 77587/12 and 74603/12)

Following legal arguments, the Crown conceded that it had failed to reconsider its decision to prosecute in light of VCL and offered no evidence against the defendant.

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