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Jury acquits 3 men of conspiracy with the 7/7 bombers but 2 men guilty of terrorist training

28/04/2009

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Salim and Mohammed Shakil were today found not guilty of conspiracy to cause an explosion. The Crown Prosecution Service’s case was that the men conspired together and with Mohammed Siddique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay, Hasib Hussain and others in the months leading up to the bombings in London on 7 July 2005.

Waheed Ali and Mohammed Shakil were convicted of conspiracy to attend terrorism training, following a further review of the evidence available.

Sue Hemming, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Although there was no direct evidence that these men were involved in the terrible events of 7/7, we felt there was sufficient evidence to show they were involved in reconnaissance and planning for an attack of some kind and it was in the public interest that such a serious matter should be put before a court. For the same reason, the decision to go for a retrial following the hung jury in the first trial was correct.

"The jury, having heard all of the evidence, has decided that these men are not guilty of the charge of conspiracy to cause an explosion. We fully respect that decision, and thank the jury for their time and patience in coming to their conclusion. In finding two of the defendants guilty of conspiracy to attend terrorism training, however, they have decided that Waheed Ali and Mohammed Shakil entered into an agreement to attend a terrorist training camp. 

"We would like to pay tribute to the victims and family and friends of those who were killed or injured in the attacks of July 7 2005, who have waited patiently until now for a conclusion.

"I would also like to pay tribute to my colleagues in the Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS, who were recently praised by HMCPS Inspectorate for the way that they support the victims of the 7/7 bombings and their families. They have worked especially hard to ensure that victims, families and friends could follow the trial as easily as possible and witness the process of justice."

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  2. Waheed Ali, Sadeer Salim and Mohammed Shakil were charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion, contrary to section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883. Waheed Ali and Mohammed Shakil were additionally charged with conspiracy to attend a place used for terrorist training, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 (the offence that the conspiracy charge refers to is section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006). This offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
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