31 October 2020 04:32
Mr Afzal, whose older brother Umar died in April, wants the CPS to prosecute the Prime Minister's adviser for his 260-mile trip to Durham with wife Mary Wakefield and their son at the height of lockdown. A Mirror and Guardian probe earlier this year revealed the couple's rule-breaking journey to his parents' home, which included a trip to Barnard Castle which Mr Cummings said was to test his eyesight for the drive back to their London home. In the submission, Mr Afzal's lawyers claim eye-witness accounts and the explanations given by Mr Cummings show he was responsible for six breaches of lockdown regulations. Mr Afzal, ex-CPS Chief Prosecutor for the North West, said: "The police investigation thus far has been cursory and incomplete. A former crown prosecutor has sent authorities a dossier accusing the prime minister's chief adviser of breaking coronavirus laws and perverting the course of justice.
Police later found that he may have breached the law during a trip to Barnard Castle, but said they would not fine or prosecute him. Lawyers acting for Nazir Afzal OBE, the former chief crown prosecutor for northwest England, have now sent investigators legal submissions calling for action to be taken. "It also concludes that the test [for bringing charges] appears to be satisfied in relation to one offence of perverting the course of justice, that arises from Mr Cummings' statement in the Rose Garden in Downing Street on 25 May," it added. Durham Constabulary said there "might have been a minor breach of the Regulations that would have warranted police intervention" with Mr Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle on Easter Sunday. A CPS spokesperson said investigations into alleged criminal conduct were a matter for the police and that it has no power to direct them.
The submissions from Afzal's lawyers said Cummings' account appeared to have influenced a three-day investigation by Durham police into his lockdown journeys. Afzal's dossier includes eight annexes of new statements from witnesses in Barnard Castle and Durham. Afzal, whose brother Umar died of coronavirus when he was self-isolating at home on 8 April when Cummings was in Durham, said he wanted to get to the truth. Nazir Afzal, a former chief prosecutor for North West England whose older brother Umar died with coronavirus in April, has submitted new evidence to suggest the Prime Minister's chief aide may have lied over his trip in April to Durham. Mr Afzal's dossier is based on new eyewitness claims said to be 'wholly inconsistent' with the account that Mr Cummings gave when he admitted travelling to the North East during the lockdown.
Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have been handed a dossier urging them to investigate Dominic Cummings for allegedly perverting the course of justice, it has emerged. The Northern Echo can confirm a 225-page report has been handed to police and CPS about Mr Cummings' journeys to the north-east, including his notorious trip to Barnard Castle at the height of lockdown. The former chief prosecutor for the North West Nazir Afzal wants the CPS to prosecute the Prime Minister's adviser for his 260-mile trip to Durham. However, Afzal's lawyers gave details of the allegations in the documents, which were sent on Friday to Durham police, the Metropolitan police and Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, and his staff at the CPS.