Wednesday, September 10, 2008

UK: Hallelujah! 7 liquid bomb plotters to be retried.

They should have been found guilty in the first trial.

I curse Osama Bin Laden and these sonsabitches every time I go on an airplane. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that there is going to be another trial.

Seven men accused of plotting to blow up planes by smuggling bombs in their hand luggage and detonating them mid-flight will face a retrial.

The first trial ended on Monday, with three of the men - Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain - convicted of conspiracy to murder.

However, a jury failed to reach a verdict on four other men after becoming deadlocked over the key allegation that the plotters intended to down transatlantic jets. An eighth man was cleared of all charges.

The decision by Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to retry the seven - including those already found guilty of conspiracy to murder - came after a war of words broke out over the case's failure. Politicians queried the wisdom of the former home secretary John Reid's comments in the summer of 2006 when he said the attack would have led to a loss of life on an 'unprecedented scale'. The CIA has also been blamed for forcing Britain's hand in making arrests too early after they instructed the Pakistani authorities to arrest a key suspect there.

Prosecutors and police met yesterday afternoon to discuss the outcome of the five-month trial.

The seven men to be retried are Ali, 27, Sarwar, 28, Hussain, 27, Ibrahim Savant, 27, Arafat Waheed Khan, 27, Waheed Zaman, 24, and Umar Islam, 30.

They will all be retried on a charge of conspiring to murder 'persons unknown by the detonation of improvised explosive devices on board transatlantic passenger aircraft' between January 1 and August 11 2006.