Al Bared and the design of an explosive drone for Islamic State
In 2023 John Greany prosecuted the case of Mohammed Al Bared for the CPS Counter Terrorism Division at Birmingham Crown Court. After a six-week trial the defendant, a PHD student with expertise in mechanical engineering, was convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism by (a) designing a remotely piloted drone for Islamic State and (b) setting up a sham company as cover for travel to Islamic State territory via Turkey and (c) completing an application form to join Islamic State. The case involved calling expert evidence in relation to explosive substances, aeronautical engineering, drones, the structure and evolution of Islamic State, and the interpretation of multiple documents which had been written in Arabic by the defendant. As much of the evidence was in Arabic, John’s knowledge of the language was an asset to the police and prosecution team. John was led in this case by Michelle Heeley KC, the leader of the Midlands Circuit.