I have today concluded that the prosecution should apply to retry each of these defendants on every count that the recently discharged jury failed to agree upon. This will include a count that each defendant conspired to detonate improvised explosive devices on transatlantic passenger aircraft.
MacDonald said his office would soon file an application for a new trial. On Monday, a jury in London acquitted an eighth suspect [IHT report] and convicted three of the defendants on less-serious charges. The failure to convict the defendants was viewed as a blow to British counterterrorism authorities, who had said the plot potentially could have exceeded the US September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] in scale. Some officials speculated that the development could lead Britian to reconsider its ban on admitting evidence obtained through wiretaps. AP has more. Reuters has additional coverage. The Independent has local coverage.
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