About Tasnime Akunjee
Tasnime is a solicitor working in the field of Complex Crime with a focus on Complex Fraud , Computer related crime and Terrorism together with Terrorism related offending, he has been engaged in this field of work from 1999 onwards.
Tasnime has conducted a range of cases in the following ‘normal’ arenas:
- NHS Dental Fraud involving the complex interplay of both Regulatory and Criminal legislation
- International Commodities fraud involving Financial Services Authority Regulation and Criminal law with respect to Wine Markets
- US-UK Commercial Criminal conversion of stolen goods involving Cisco and Sun Microsystems high value server equipment; such cases often involving the FBI’s REACT team.
- Joint Enterprise Gang related Murder / GBH Matters involving analysis of Cell Site and mobile data.
- International Identity Fraud involving the defendants impersonating famous Footballers.
- International Fraud concerning metals and electronics employing the process commonly known as ‘Long-firming’
- HMRC led prosecution-involving millions of pounds worth of alcohol duty avoidance.
- Insurance Fraud Matters involving over a million pounds in fraudulent claims concerning a nationwide ring of companies engaging in Cash for Crash claims
- Conspiracy cases involving the importation of over £1,000,000 in Heroin
- Death by dangerous driving matters where legal analysis of detailed forensic techniques have led to acquittals
- Joint enterprise Cash in Transit robberies where forensic techniques afford the bulk of a prosecution case
Terrorism and Terrorism Related
Throughout the currency of his career Tasnime has had intrinsic experience with the narratives of various proscribed organisations, terrorist organisations, as well as a working engagement with the numerous tranches of terrorism related legislation and their application through the prism of the governments Prevent strategy.
Tasnime has worked on cases (both in the UK and abroad) concerning individuals who have been accused of an affinity to terrorist organisations and on cases where the accused have travelled to conflict zones and returned to their home countries. Such cases include both ‘normal’ criminal prosecutions as well as measures under the Control order and TPIM regimes.
In addition to his ‘normal’ activities in his role as a defence lawyer, he has also been involved in matters relating to the repatriation of ‘returnees’ (persons who have travelled to conflict zones and then regretted their initial decision) in a more direct and proactive capacity.
In June of 2015 Tasnime was involved in travelling to the border region of Turkey and Syria to negotiate the release and repatriation of a female British citizen. She had found herself in the custody of rebel forces operating in Syria. The process of her retrieval involved negotiating with various parties including elements within the authority structure of the UK, the Turkish authorities and the rebel parties themselves.
In March 2015 he was involved in advising the families of the three schoolgirls (Shamima Begum, Khadiza Sultana and Amira Abase) who left Bethnal Green Academy and travelled from East London to ISIS controlled Syria .
In January 2016 he was involved in the repatriation of a British family who had been detained by Turkish authorities under suspicion of they intending to travel onto Syria.
In February 2016 he was involved in the repatriation of a British man who had been involved in aid work concerning Syrian refugees.
Tasnime has advised individuals and entities in the UK and abroad on their operations and the framework of the laws applicable to them in their activities pertinent to assisting people escaping from conflict zones. He has also advised entities with respect to the provision of humanitarian aid to Syria and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey.
With respect to current UK Counter Terrorism strategy, Tasnime has provided evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the subject as well as lectured on the topic and engaged in panel debates both in the UK and abroad; furthermore he has produced a number of briefing documents concerning the effect of Prevent for politicians and key influential figures in the relevant arena; as well as lectured on relevant legal matters to representatives of GCC countries.