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Prosecuting Terrorism

Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

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Four 21/7 terrorists guilty of murder conspiracy


Four would-be suicide bombers have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after planning a coordinated attack designed to cause death and destruction on the London transport system.

Susan Hemming, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "These men planned a coordinated attack on the London transport system. Over many months they designed and built their own bombs. They could have been in no doubt as to the consequences of their actions. While the implementation of their plan was incompetent, their aim was clear. They wanted to kill and maim on a massive scale."

This attempted attack happened only two weeks after the London bombings on July 7 2005.

Ms Hemming said: "Exactly two weeks after the terrorist attacks on 7/7 these men targeted the same transport system and tried to cause the same level of death and destruction. They knew what would happen; they had seen the devastation produced by 7/7 and the fact that they continued with their plan shows their brutal intent.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has informed the Court that we intend to seek a retrial for conspiracy to murder against Adel Yahya and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and would remind the media that these two men are only accused of these offences and have the right to a fair trial."

Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions said: "Following on so soon after 7/7, this case aroused massive public interest. We arranged with the police and the court for prosecution material to be made available to the media on a day-by-day basis.

"This opened up the Criminal Justice System, demystifying it and showing the public the evidence upon which the jury based their decision.

"Our purpose was to give all the communities of Britain confidence in this prosecution. We wanted the public to see for themselves the dreadful acts planned against people in London."

  1. Four men were convicted of conspiracy to murder: Ramzi Mohammed, Hussain Osman, Muktar Said Ibrahim and Yassin Omar.
  2. Adel Yahya and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu now face a retrial for conspiracy to murder on a date yet to be confirmed.
  3. For further enquiries please contact CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8127.