Saturday, August 2, 2008

7/7 London Bombings Trial - No Verdict!

7/7 London Bombers.............
The jury in the trial of three men accused of helping the 7 July London bombers has failed to reach a verdict.

Waheed Ali, 25, Sadeer Saleem, 28, and Mohammed Shakil, 32, all from Leeds, admit having known the 7/7 bombers but denied having helped them find targets.

The prosecution is expected to seek a retrial and the men were remanded in custody until a hearing in September.

On Friday, the jurors told Mr Justice Gross they had not reached a verdict on any of the three defendants and he said the time had come to discharge them.

Prosecutor Paul Taylor said the Crown Prosecution Service would take "a little time" to consider if it would seek a retrial of the men.

Mr Justice Gross said: "I will work from the assumption that there might be a retrial and I will assume that it is likely to be in the new year."

7/7 Investigation in numbers
90,000 phone calls examined
4,700 phone numbers probed
13,000 exhibits
7,000 forensically examined
18,450 statements taken
19,400 documents created

Tens of thousands of police hours have been spent on the three-year-old investigation - and detectives say there are still people in the Leeds area who know more.

Sources of Information

London terror attack jury fails to reach verdict - 2nd August 2008 - Financial Times

July 7 trial jury fails to reach verdict - 2nd August - The Guardian

'We were tourists, not terrorists,' say 7/7 plot suspects, as jury fails to reach a verdict - 2nd August 2008 - Daily Mail

FACTBOX-Trial of alleged 2005 London bomb plotters - 1 August 2008 - Reuters

Jury dismissed in 7/7 plot trial - 1st August - BBC

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