Sunday, July 15, 2007

UK Terror Detainees Released Without Charge

By Cernig

Two more of those detained on suspicion of involvement in the recent failed UK car bomb attacks have been released without charge.
The pair, aged 25 and 28, were arrested at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, in the early hours of July 2 by Strathclyde Police and held at London’s high-security Paddington Green police station. Police had until today to charge or release them or apply to a magistrate for further time for questioning.

Officers were yesterday given until July 21 to continue questioning another suspect - Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, who was arrested on the M6 motorway in Cheshire on June 30.
Dr. Asha's wife has already been released without charge. So far, police have charged one detainee, Sabeel Ahmed with " possessing information which could have prevented an act of terrorism" and another detainee, Kafeel Ahmed, is still in a Glasgow hospital bed suffering from burns incurred in his bomb attempt. Bilal Talal Samad Abdullah was arrested at Glasgow Airport following the failed car bombing there and charged with conspiracy to cause explosions. At least the UK police can be sure they've got those last two bang to rights.

In Australia, another man is being detained on the flimsy charge of providing support to a terrorist organisation by giving his mobile phone SIM card to Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed when he left the UK in July last year. It was either that or release him because that was all the evidence of his involvement they had.

In general, in both the US and UK, terror arrests have led to very few successful prosecutions. No wonder Muslims feel unfairly targeted. It's way too reminsicient of Britain's Thatcher Years when, it was said, "walking while being Irish" was an arrestable offense.

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