Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Liquid Bomb Two Walk Free - Insufficient Evidence

From the Press Association via The Guardian:
Two brothers charged in connection with the alleged airliner bomb plot have walked free from court after a judge found there was "insufficient" evidence to put them on trial.

Mehran Hussain, 24, and Umair Hussain, 25, both of Chingford, east London, were discharged by District Judge Quentin Purdy following a committal hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London.

The brothers, who were arrested at their home on August 9, had been accused of failing to disclose information about their brother Nabeel, a suspect in the case.

Addressing the men, District Judge Purdy said: "On the evidence before me there is insufficient material to put you on trial."

But he told the men that in discharging them that did not necessarily mean that the proceedings were inevitably at an end.

If any further material were to come to light that would not prevent prosecutors from taking action on this or any other matter arising, he said.

It was a "discharge on the basis of insufficient evidence at this stage, that does not necessarily mean an acquittal."
Remember, please, that at the time it was reported that the British security services had wanted to wait a while longer before making arrests, in order to gather extra evidence, and that the plot was nowhere near being carried out. However, the Bush administration forced the British hand because they wanted a terror story they could hype as a distraction from their connivance in Israel's crimes in Lebanon as well as something to substantiate their accusations that the Dems were soft on terror for tossing out Lieberman in favor of Lamont.

This, then, is the result.

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