Dear Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland,
The info I am looking for is how much was spent in prosecuting Derry man Eamon Bradley who was accused of terrorism offences in Syria across two separate trials.
I am looking for the total amount on how much was spent across the two separate prosecutions.
Dear G Cross
I acknowledge receipt of your email below. Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and a response will issue in due course in accordance with the legislation.
PPS FOI Team
Email: G Cross <[FOI #442638 email]>
24 November 2017
Our ref: 1072-17/18
Dear G Cross
I refer to your email of 2 November 2017 in which you asked for costs relating to the trials of Eamon Bradley.
Your request has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act creates rights of access for any person making a request for information to a public authority. The rights of access are twofold. First, to be informed by the public authority if it holds information of the description specified in the request, and if that is the case, secondly, to be provided with that information. These rights are subject to important limitations, which are designed to achieve a proper balance between the right to know and considerations of law and policy in the broader public interest.
You had asked for the following;
"How much was spent in prosecuting Derry man Eamon Bradley who was accused of terrorism offences in Syria across two separate trials.
I am looking for the total amount on how much was spent across the two separate prosecutions."
In response I can advise that in the absence of detailed records of time spent on individual cases it is not possible to produce precise costs for a particular case or even average costs for a particular type of case. This is because the amount of time required to take individual decisions as to prosecution will vary depending upon a range of factors including the complexity of the case, the extent of the case papers and any other work in hand. As the PPS does not charge clients for work done there is no business need for such detailed records to be maintained.
Some costs are identifiable however, including, for example, the fees paid to prosecuting counsel and expert witness fees.
In this case the total identifiable PPS cost to date are as follows:
First Trial: £28,362.52
Second Trial: £17,189.10*
* Please note that this case is not finalised as yet and this figure is not the final cost.
Therefore, the total available costs to date for the prosecution is £45,551.62
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