Al-Qaeda liquid bomb plotter asks European court to free him – because publicity over ‘suicide video’ infringed his human rights
- Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink and taken aboard a plane
- Mastermind of ‘liquid bomb plot’ – one of the most deadly plans ever to be discovered in Britain – sentenced to life for conspiracy to murder in 2009
- Claims publicity before his trial would have prejudiced a jury’s decision and has appealed to European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
- Court does not hold power to quash conviction, but a ruling in his favour could lead to a fresh appeal in British courts
- Judges must establish whether he had a ‘fair trial by an impartial tribunal’ as required under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- ‘Things cannot go on as they are,’ says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
What to do with a judiciary that allows this?