Examination of Witnesses

Part of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:47 am on 21st June 2011.

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Stuart Osborne: Yes, may I say very clearly that prosecution is always the preferred option? Often it is only after months of investigation that the police are able to produce evidential material that results in the consideration of a control order or a TPIM. Throughout all of our CT investigations we heavily engage with the Crown Prosecution Service where we think that prosecution may be possible. Before anybody is placed on a TPIM, it is mandatory that we consult the CPS to ensure that a prosecution is not possible. The new measures involve the CPS to a much heavier degree in looking at the sufficiency of evidence.