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Jailed money launderer fails in bid to clear name; LAWYERS CLAIMED WOMAN'S ME CONDITION MADE CONVICTION 'UNSAFE'.

Byline: BEN ECCLESTON Crime Reporter

A NUNEATON woman who laundered cash for her big-time drug smuggler husband has failed in a bid to clear her name. Lawyers for Catherine Theresa Farooq, 55, of Exbury Way, argued that her Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and related memory problems meant her conviction was "unsafe".

She was jailed for nine months at Birmingham Crown Court in October 2013 after being convicted of three counts of money laundering.

Her husband, Mohammed Farooq, was jailed for 29 years for conspiracy to import hundreds of kilos of heroin, Mr Justice King told London's Appeal Court.

Farooq helped him launder profits as large sums passed through her bank accounts and were used to pay private school fees and to purchase a Mercedes.

Her lawyers argued that her convictions should be overturned because there was no medical report before jurors about her ME.

But Mr Justice King, sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Mark Wall QC, said the absence of a report was "not capable of rendering this conviction unsafe".

He added: "It was her contradictory recall, which was the primary evidence against her.

"There is no merit whatsoever in the application for permission to appeal."


Catherine Farooq

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 17, 2017
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