Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Complicated forensic case against target using counter-surveillance

Scotland Yard had quite a large, complicated case on its hands when it tried to arrest, charge, and convict Dhiren Barot, 34 and from London, reports the BBC. Barot was apprehended while plotting terrorist attacks against the UK and USA. The following quote will give you a sense of just how involved a case it was:
Codenamed Operation Rhyme, it saw 4,000 garages and lock-ups visited and the seizure of nearly 300 computers and around 1,800 items of discs, CDs and removable storage. The case also involved a wide range of investigative methods, including forensic linguistics, to prove the authorship of documents, facial mapping, computer forensics and handwriting analysis.
Barot also employed counter-surveillance on a routine basis, according to the report. He
rarely stayed anywhere for more than a night, used a variety of different vehicles and hardly ever used mobile phones. He would also perform sudden manoeuvres in heavy traffic or circle roundabouts to make it more difficult to be tailed.
Barot was sentenced to life in prison.

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