Ahmed Nadim, representing Noshad Haider, on the 1st of December 2017 in a trial lasting 21 days, made a successful submission of no case to answer in respect of 3 allegations of conspiracy to commit an offence contrary to section 25 (1) (a) of the Immigration Act 1971. HH Judge Goddard QC acceded to the Defence submissions that the Prosecution had failed to establish a connection between the fraud relied on by them and the alleged conspirator’s intention to secure an immigration advantage. The learned judge also accepted that, in any event, there was insufficient evidence upon which a properly directed jury may convict.
The Prosecution appealed HH Judge Goddard QC ‘s ‘terminatory ruling’ to the Court of Appeal. On the 1st of February 2018, the Court of Appeal rejected the prosecution appeal whilst finding in favour Ahmed Nadim’s arguments, directed that verdicts of not guilty should be entered against Mr Haider.