UK police release suspect in transatlantic bomb investigation

[JURIST] British authorities investigating a foiled terror plot [JURIST report; Met press release] to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean last week released a suspect without charge on Thursday. The suspect was arrested [JURIST report] Tuesday. London's Metropolitan Police Service (Met) [official website] did not explain details of the suspect's release. Authorities also released another suspect [JURIST report] last Friday, just one day after making the initial arrests in the investigation.

On Wednesday, a British judge extended the detention of 23 other suspects [JURIST report], granting an additional seven days to 21 of the suspects and an additional five days to two of the suspects. New UK anti-terrorism laws [Home Office materials] allow authorities to detain terror suspects for up to 28 days without charge, though investigators had to ask the judge to extend the detentions. Reuters has more.

 

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