Faisal Al-Badri was accused of travelling from Manchester to carry out a contract killing of a West Yorkshire drug dealer. He was also charged with two further robberies at gun point. He was acquitted by the jury on all counts at Leeds Crown Court. The successful defence included detailed submissions to exclude SMS messages obtained from Lyca Mobile’s servers as opposed to from hand sets. The application was allowed and the texts were excluded on the basis that they could be interpreted as RIPA intercepts. Mr Csoka QC led Mr Andrew Dallas of Park Square Barristers, Leeds, and was instructed by Mr Arshad Ali of Ali & Co. Leeds.
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