UK jury fails to reach verdict for last defendants in July 2005 failed bombings

[JURIST] British Judge Adrian Fulford Tuesday discharged the jury in the trial of suspects implicated in the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on July 21, 2005, after jurors indicated they were deadlocked in the deliberation of charges against defendants Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and Adel Yahya. Prosecutors have accused Asiedu of being a suicide bomber who lost his nerve and Yahya of planning the terror plot, which was carried out two weeks after a similar attack [JURIST news archive] killed 52 people. The prosecution has the option of retrying Asiedu and Yahya or dismissing the case, and a decision will be filed tomorrow.

On Monday, the same jury convicted [JURIST report] four defendants of conspiracy to murder. The four defendants had argued that the bombs were not real and were merely intended as a protest against the Iraq war. The trial began [JURIST report] in January of this year. Bloomberg has more.

 

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