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UK Jury Can’t Reach Verdict For Terror Bombers

From an elated Reuters:


Manfo Kwaku Asiedu (blue top) and Muktah Said Ibrahim purchase peroxide at PAK Cosmetics in north London on July 5, 2005.

No verdict reached on two British bomb suspects

LONDON (Reuters) – A jury failed to reach a verdict on Tuesday on two men accused of being part of an Islamist militant cell that tried to set off suicide bombs on London’s transport system on July 21, 2005.

Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and Adel Yahya were accused of conspiracy to murder in the failed attacks which took place a fortnight after suicide bombings killed 52 people in the British capital.

Prosecutors must now decide whether to hold another trial with a new jury…

The men, Muslims of African origin, had tried to set off homemade bombs on three underground trains and a bus but the explosives had failed to detonate.

They had claimed that the bombings were a hoax designed as a protest against the war in Iraq.

Asiedu, who admitted he had dumped a fifth bomb in a park in north London, broke ranks with his co-accused during the trial, saying the plot was genuine but he had been duped into taking part.

Yahya, who had left the country six weeks before the failed attacks, denied having any knowledge of the plot.

It must have been the videos and the confessions that confused the jury.


This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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