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CPS advises first man to be charged over London & Glasgow bomb attacks


Susan Hemming, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, has advised that the first person should be charged over the London and Glasgow bomb attacks. Bilal Abdullah is the first of those held in custody to be charged with an offence arising out of the incidents.

She said: "The Counter Terrorism Division was briefed on this operation within hours of the investigation being launched and has been working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service. We have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence against each individual in order to come to charging decisions at the earliest opportunity.

"I have now made the decision that there is sufficient evidence and authorised the charging of Bilal Abdullah with conspiracy to cause explosions following incidents in London and Glasgow on 29 June 2007 and 30 June, 2007.

"Other individuals arrested by the police in connection with the bomb attacks remain in custody pending a charging decision by the CPS and the media is reminded of the need to take care in reporting events surrounding the alleged charge, especially as police investigations are continuing and further evidence is gathered."

  1. Full details of the charge:

    BILAL ABDULLAH on diverse days between 1st day of January 2007 and 1st day of July 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, unlawfully and maliciously conspired with others to cause explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom.

    Contrary to Section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

  3. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
  4. Abdullah is due to appear on Saturday, 7 July 2007, at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.
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