Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seven Face Retrial over 'Jets Plot'; in the Dock: From Left, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain Convicted of Conspiracy to Murder. Mohammed Gulzar Cleared. Jury Failed to Reach Verdict on Four on Right, Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan, Waheed Zaman and Umar Islam

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seven Face Retrial over 'Jets Plot'; in the Dock: From Left, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain Convicted of Conspiracy to Murder. Mohammed Gulzar Cleared. Jury Failed to Reach Verdict on Four on Right, Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan, Waheed Zaman and Umar Islam

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

PROSECUTORS are to seek a full retrial of seven men accused of conspiring to blow up transatlantic airliners flying from Heathrow.

The decision comes after the failure by a jury to convict them over the key charge that they plotted to detonate liquid hydrogen peroxide bombs smuggled on board jets in Oasis and Lucozade bottles.

Six of the men recorded "martyr videos" which the prosecution said would have been released after the planes were blown up in mid-air. But the men, British Muslims from Walthamstow and High Wycombe, claimed they were simply designed to cause panic and publicise their extremist views.

Three men, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, Assad Sarwar, 28, and Tanvir Hussain, 27, were convicted yesterday on a second, more general, charge of conspiracy to murder. They could be put back in the dock to answer the more serious allegation that they conspired to detonate explosives on aircraft.

Another four defendants Ibrahim Savant, 27, Arafat Waheed Khan, 27, Waheed Zaman, 24, and Umar Islam, 24 could also be retried both for conspiracy to murder and for conspiring to detonate explosives after the jury failed to reach verdicts.

All seven defendants earlier admitted conspiring to cause a public nuisance by distributing al Qaeda-style videos threatening suicide attacks in Britain.

The jury's deadlock on the key charge concerning the jets, and the acquittal on all counts of an eighth defendant 27- year-old Mohammed Gulzar has led to calls by airline chiefs for a relaxation of the baggage restrictions put in place after the men's arrests in August 2006.

These demands have already been rejected by ministers, and sources said today that the Crown Prosecution Service would press for a full retrial.

Although defence lawyers are likely to try to block any retrial, particularly in the case of the three men already convicted, legal sources said that prosecutors remained determined to press for it. …

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