British judge presses for speedy start to transatlantic air terror trial Gabriel Haboubi at 3:28 PM ET
[JURIST] The British judge presiding over the trial of 13 men arrested [JURIST report] and charged [JURIST news archive] in connection with the alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound jetliners over the Atlantic [JURIST news archive] urged prosecutors and defense lawyers Friday to avoid any further delays in the case, which is already not expected to begin before 2008 [JURIST report]. Justice David Calvert-Smith [Wikipedia profile] asked prosecutors specifically to be quick in organizing their evidence, a charge that prosecutors claim is difficult because of the "size, scale, and nature" of the case. Meanwhile, defense lawyers claim to have received only a fraction of the evidence from prosecutors, who say the trial date could still be pushed back further.
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