Jury fails to reach verdict in July 7 bomb case

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Jury fails to reach verdict in July 7 bomb case

Postby MinM » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:31 pm

Jury fails to reach verdict in July 7 bomb case

LONDON (AP) -- A jury announced Friday that it failed to reach verdicts in the case of three men accused of helping to plan the London subway and bus bombings in 2005 -- the worst attack on Britain's capital since World War II.
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British prosecutors said they couldn't immediately confirm whether or not they would seek a retrial.

The three men, who acknowledged at their trial that they knew the four London suicide bombers, are the only people so far charged over the attacks on the capital's transit network that killed 52 commuters on three subway trains and a bus.

Following 15 days of deliberations, a jury at a London court said it could not agree on verdicts and was discharged.

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil all denied a charge of conspiring with the bombers to cause explosions.

In evidence at the trial, prosecutors alleged the men had taken part in a test run in December 2004 for the attacks, claiming they had joined three of the eventual bombers to scout out targets including subway stations and a host of tourist sites.

Neil Flewitt, prosecuting, claimed the men had cased out possible targets in London, including the Natural History Museum, the iconic London Eye ferris wheel and the London Aquarium.

He said that Ali, 25, Saleem, 28, and Shakil, 32, visited a series of locations which bore a striking similarity to where the bombs were detonated on July 7, 2005.
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Postby Seamus OBlimey » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:11 pm

No surprise really..

The July 7 terrorists left a trail of clues for police before setting off their bombs so that they would be instantly recognised as "martyrs", a court heard on Monday.

The bombers scattered identity and bank cards around the Tube carriages they targeted before placing their rucksacks on the floor and setting off the explosives inside them, jurors heard.

The details emerged for the first time as a forensics expert's evidence was read at the trial of three men accused of helping to plan the atrocity.

Jurors were told the "unique" bomb mixture was made up of black pepper and hydrogen peroxide, which was put into ordinary plastic bags alongside ice-packs to cool the volatile material.

The bombers were not wearing the rucksacks at the time of the explosions, but had instead put them down on the floor of the bus and Tube trains, it was claimed.

Neil Flewitt, QC, prosecuting, said that expert Clifford Todd had examined the wreckage of the bomb sites.

He said: "It is, in the opinion of Mr Todd, noteworthy that at each scene, some personal materials and documents, such as ID cards, were found relating to the bombers.

"Although they were damaged to some extent, they did not show the damage that would be expected if they were on the body of the bomber or in the rucksack, suggesting that in each case they had been deliberately separated by some distance from the actual explosion."

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He said that Ali, 25, Saleem, 28, and Shakil, 32, visited a series of locations which bore a striking similarity to where the bombs were detonated on July 7, 2005.


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