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CPS employee sacked for misconduct in public office in relation to serious organised crime

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Muhammad Iqbal, 27, of Birmingham and formerly of the Crown Prosecution Service, has been sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in a corruption probe.

Previously, Iqbal was employed as an administrative officer and paralegal assistant and accessed three records in the CPS case management system unlawfully between April 2014 to May 2019.

Iqbal was employed by the CPS from February 2014 until his termination in 2021. In 2019, he was suspended after the offence was discovered.

On several occasions after gaining access to the documents, Iqbal – situated in Birmingham – straight away reached out to persons related to the accused in the criminal proceedings. He was soon after apprehended on the charge of misconduct in public office.

An analysis of his iPhone uncovered pictures of case records implicating messages. This also revealed an offence of perverting the course of justice, in which he gave false information regarding a driver of his brother’s car to the Speed Enforcement Unit at Portisfields, Bristol.

He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison today (May 23) at Southwark Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to single counts of misconduct in public office and obstruction of justice.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Special Crime Division at the CPS – which deals with the most serious cases, said: “Iqbal’s conduct was simply unacceptable. He repeatedly viewed sensitive documents that he had no authorisation to access and used his position to help a driver escape prosecution for a road traffic offence.

“He displayed a flagrant disregard to CPS policies around sensitive information and risked damaging public trust and confidence in the CPS. The CPS expects all staff to act with integrity in handling data held in its systems and Iqbal fell well below these standards. It is only right that he faced criminal prosecution and an appropriate sentence for his actions.”

DCI Pete Cooke, from the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands, added: “Within just seven weeks of Iqbal starting work at the CPS he had been accessing the case files of a relative who was being investigated for a serious wounding. He accessed this case an incredible 593 times without any good reason to.

“He accessed files for people who went on to be convicted of involvement in a Birmingham-based organised crime group, importing and supplying kilos of heroin. They were handed sentences of between five and 13 years but Iqbal’s criminal activity had the potential to undermine those prosecutions.

“We will work hard to root out and prosecute corruption wherever it lies within the criminal justice system so that the public and victims can have the confidence they deserve in the legal system.”

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