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Pretesh Chauhan successfully defends 28 complex charges contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act and Explosives Act
Pretesh Chauhan together with Paul Hynes QC and David Wood of 25 Bedford Row successfully defended RW in relation to 28 complex charges contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act and Explosives Act.
RW was initially arrested for offences contrary to the Terrorism Act. It was alleged by the prosecution that RW had far right/ white supremacist views and was in the advanced stages of preparing to build a ‘KGB-style’ chemical weapon. Part of the case against RW was that he had amassed vast quantities of chemicals and had successfully created a huge range of cyanides, explosives and even a gas chamber both in the UK and overseas.
Pretesh Chauhan had to analyse and challenge over 50 detailed prosecution expert reports on a variety of topics. By skilfully navigating through the significant weight of prosecution evidence, the legal team were able to demonstrate that RW was seriously misunderstood by the authorities. The jury accepted that he was a keen chemist with borderline-genius knowledge in that field and had no nefarious purpose behind the huge range of material he had accumulated over many years.
Reference - https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54391626