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21 July trial legal figures
Some 14 barristers are representing the prosecution and defence in the trial of six men accused of plotting the 21 July 2005 alleged attempted bombings of the London transport system. Who are the key figures?

Trial judge: Mr Justice Fulford

Mr Justice Fulford
Mr Justice Fulford
Mr Justice Fulford is a member of the High Court. He is also one a select number of just 18 judges from around the world who preside at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the court responsible for trying people accused of the most serious offences of international interest, such as war crimes and genocide.

Mr Justice Fulford was called to the bar in 1978 and became a QC in 1994. He has presided over a number of UK terrorism-related cases in the past two years.

His legal background is in human rights issues, criminal law and procedure. His official biography at the ICC says he has specialist legal expertise in serious acts of violence, such as terrorism. He also has "extensive practical experience" in the handling of sensitive information, such as the protection of victims or sources.

Prosecution: Nigel Sweeney QC

Nigel Sweeney heads the prosecution of the 21 July 2005 alleged bombers. He is a senior criminal barrister who has appeared in more than 40 terrorism-related trials, including the 1984 IRA Brighton bombing which was an attempt to assassinate then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

One of his most recent high profile trials was the prosecution of Kamel Bourgass, convicted of killing a policeman and a plot to spread poison. Mr Sweeney also works in an advisory role and has been consulted by the Home Secretary and MI6. Mr Sweeney was called to the bar in 1976 and became a QC in 2000.

George Carter-Stephenson QC: For Muktar Said Ibrahim

Mr Carter-Stephenson is a specialist defence advocate who was called to the bar in 1975 and made a QC in 1998. He represents Muktar Said Ibrahim. Mr Carter-Stephenson's high profile work includes the first Damilola Taylor murder trial and as the counsel for a defendant acquitted in the so-called "ricin poison plot" trial.

The barrister has also acted in a number of highly complex white collar crime trials from the Serious Fraud Office.

Stephen Kamlish QC: For Manfu Kwaku Asiedu

Mr Kamlish is a defence specialist who was called to the bar n 1979 and took silk in 2003. He represents Manfu Kwaku Asiedu. Mr Kamlish has been counsel to the family of Stephen Lawrence and represented serial killer GP Harold Shipman.

Anthony Jennings QC: For Hussein Osman

Mr Jennings is a specialist defence barrister who was called to the bar in 1983. He became a QC in 2001 and a recorder in 2002. He represents Hussein Osman. He is a member of Matrix Chambers, the set of lawyers that includes Cherie Booth QC, the prime minister's wife.

Among his most notable recent cases was the trial of TV presenter John Leslie, who had been accused of sexual assault.

Peter Carter QC: For Yassin Omar

Mr Carter was called to the bar in 1974 and made a QC in 1995. He represents Yassin Omar. His main specialist area of the law is fraud but he undertakes all forms of criminal law work. Outside the court, he lectures on criminal law and human rights.

Mr Carter's most notable recent cases include the liability of a police custody sergeant for involuntary manslaughter when releasing a suspect from custody. He has also appeared in a human rights case looking at whether flogging in Trinidad constitutes torture.

Stephen Williamson QC: For Ramzi Mohammed

Mr Williamson was called to the bar in 1964 and took silk in 1981. He represents Ramzi Mohammed. Mr Williamson has had a long career defending and prosecuting in major criminal cases including murder, rape, fraud and drugs. Mr Williamson practices in both London and the north of England.

Peter Thornton QC: For Adel Yahya

Mr Thornton was called to the bar in 1969 and became a QC in 1992. He represents Adel Yahya. He is a specialist in criminal law, Privy Council and human rights cases. He also sits as a part-time judge.

He is a contributing editor to Archbold, the standard criminal law textbook consulted in court. Mr Thornton has extensive international experience and has appeared in death row cases in the Caribbean. He is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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