Reuters Photo:Â (From left) Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed ShakilÂ
No verdict in London July 7 bombing case
* Just sit back and watch: next time when these poor innocent widdle Muslims succeed in their quest for ‘martyrdom’ and successfully blow themselves up amongst the infidels, the nutroots will claim it was the detainment, the trial and the persecution that radicalized them…
By Michael Holden/Reuters
A jury failed to reach a verdict on Friday in the trial of three Britons Pakistani Muhammednas accused of helping to plot suicide bombings in London in July 2005, the capital’s worst peacetime attack which left 52 dead.
The jurors were dismissed and prosecutors must now decided whether to bring a new trial.
Mohammed Shakil, Sadeer Saleem and Waheed Ali were accused of scouting London for possible targets with two of the four young British Muslims who detonated homemade bombs in coordinated attacks on three underground trains and a bus.
However, the jury at Kingston Crown Court failed to reach a verdict on charges of conspiracy to cause explosions against the three men, the only people charged so far over the bombings.
Prosecutors said it was not immediately clear whether there would be a retrial.
The men were friends of the bombers Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain. They knew them from the tightly knit area of Beeston in Leeds, northern England, attending the same Mosque and gym.
Although they were not accused of being directly involved in making the bombs or carrying out the attacks, detectives said the men had shared the same extremist beliefs.
The court heard that police discovered links between the men through mobile phone records, fingerprints connecting them to the bomb-factory in Beeston, family videos and surveillance.
In November 2004, Khan, the ringleader of the July 7 plot, recorded a farewell video for his baby daughter before heading off on a mission to Afghanistan where he expected to die, prosecutors said.
In the footage he introduces two of the bombers and Ali as his daughter’s “uncles.”
The following month, about seven months before the bombings, Shakil, Saleem and Ali spent two days in London with Hussain and Lindsay, visiting tourist attractions such as the London Eye, the Natural History Museum and the London Aquarium.
They also visited locations similar to the ones attacked and detectives said the trip — the key element of the prosecution case — was to prepare for attacks on the capital.
The men said the trip was to allow Ali to visit his sister and take in some tourist attractions.
Prosecutors said the three men were caught on surveillance footage meeting a “committed terrorist” and the court also heard they had admitted traveling to Pakistan for militant training.
Police have always maintained that the 7/7 bombers had assistance from other people with links to al Qaeda as they would not have had the technical expertise to construct the hydrogen peroxide-based devices themselves.
“There are those who may know a great deal who haven’t come forward,” a senior police source said, adding some people in Beeston were still remaining tight-lipped.
“There are other people who know things but for a variety of reasons some people are reticent about coming forward.”
(Editing by Stephen Weeks)