21/7 no-bombs bombers - The Appeal

Superficially, at least, the similarities between the events of 7th July and 21st July were frightening. But, on the 21st, the 'bombers' had no bombs (i.e. no secondary explosives), just detonators and their intention was only to 'scare people' as part of a 'demonstrative act': "The jury were told a further charge of conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life, faced by each man, was now being left off the indictment." - BBC

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05 Mar 2008, 14:31 #1

21/7 bombers launch appeal against convictions claiming plot was just an 'elaborate hoax'
Last updated at 12:30pm on 5th March 2008


Four men jailed for life for their part in the attempted 21/7 suicide bombings in London have today launched challenges against their convictions.

The four were jailed for their part in the failed suicide bomb attacks on three London underground trains and at a bus station on July 21, 2005.

The bungled bombings came just a fortnight after the horror suicide bombings in London in which 52 people died and more than 700 people were injured.


On the run: Bomber Ramzi Mohammed (top left); Bomber Yasin Hassan Omar (top right); Alleged bomber Hussain Ahmed Osman (bottom left); Bomber Muktar Said Ibrahim (bottom right) on the London transport stystem on July 21

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It was claimed at the outset of today's hearing on behalf of one of appellants that the bombings had been an "elaborate hoax."

QC, George Carter-Stephenson told the Appeal Court on behalf of Muktar Said Ibrahim that: "The applicant's case is that the events of 21 July were an elaborate hoax designed to protest against and draw attention to Britain's role in the attack on Iraq.

"The devices were made to look realistic, but included flaws to ensure the main charge would not detonate."

Ibrahim and three of his co defendants, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman watched the proceedings which, at this stage take the form of applications for permission to appeal, via video link.

Initially a fifth convicted man, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions and is only seeking to appeal against his 33-year-sentence also appeared via video link with them.

However, he was taken back to his cell as an application is to be made for his case to be dealt with separately. His case will return tomorrow.


The other four all received life sentences at Woolwich Crown Court last July after they were convicted of conspiracy to murder and were each told they would spend at least 40 years in prison.

The case is being heard before three of the UK's senior judges, Sir Igor Judge, President of the Queens Bench Division of the High Court, Mr Justice John Forbes and Mr Justice Colin Mackay.

The hearing is set down to last two days after which the judges are expected to reserve judgement to give their decisions in writing at a later stage.
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05 Mar 2008, 16:31 #2

21/7 London plotters appeal against terrorist convictions
London, March 5, IRNA


Four men, sentenced each to serve at least 40 years in prison, sought permission Wednesday to appeal against their convictions over a copycat bomb plot, two weeks after 56 were killed in the 7/7 bombings on London's transport system in 2005.

Muktar Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were found guilty last July of conspiracy to murder after failing to detonate explosives on three Tube trains and a bus in the British capital on July 21, 2005.

But speaking for the defendants, George Carter-Stephenson said the four men maintained the events were 'an elaborate hoax designed to protest against and draw attention to Britain's role in the attack upon and occupation of Iraq'.

The explosive devices, which were carried in rucksacks, had been made to look realistic, but had flaws deliberately built into them 'to ensure that the main charge of each of those devices would not detonate', the BBC quoted Carter-Stephenson saying.

He also argued that the trial judge had 'erred in law' in several instances, including over Ibrahim's right to legal advice and when he ruled Ibrahim's lawyer could not ask questions or call evidence about a late confession from his co-accused Hussain Omar.

A fifth man, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, who admitted conspiracy to cause explosions and was jailed in November for 33 years, is also seeking permission to appeal against his sentence, but his case is not expected to be heard until Thursday.

Sentencing the would-be bombers at Woolwich Crown Court in south London last July, the judge Mr Justice Fulford QC said the failed attacks were connected with the bombings in London two weeks earlier.

"What happened on July 7 in 2005 is of considerable relevance to this sentencing. I have no doubt that they were both part of an al- Qaeda-inspired and controlled sequence of attacks," the judge said.
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05 Mar 2008, 22:00 #3

Terrorists launch 21/7 appeal bid
Updated 17.30 Wed Mar 05 2008
Keywords: July 21 bombers


Four men jailed for planning the failed July 21 London suicide bombings have launched a High Court battle to have their convictions declared unsafe.

The terrorists claim their rights were infringed when police interviewed them before arranging for them to see lawyers when they were arrested shortly after the attacks.

The four, all jailed for life for plotting to detonate ruscksack bombs on the capital's transport network, are seeking leave to appeal against their convictions

Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman were found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to murder at Woolwich Crown Court last year.

They were filmed trying to blow up three Underground trains at Shepherd's Bush, Oval station and Warren Street stations and a bus in Hackney Road just two weeks after 52 commuters died in the 7/7 terror attacks.

The four claimed the plot was an elaborate hoax to protest against anti-Muslim foreign policy and said their home made chapatti-flour bombs were designed to go off without causing injury.

George Carter-Stephenson QC, for Muktar Said Ibrahim, the alleged leader of the conspiracy, said the trial judge should not have let jurors hear what Ibrahim told police in "safety" interviews conducted immediately after he was seized in July 2005.

The barrister said Mr Justice Fulford "erred in the extent to which he found that the applicant's right to legal advice and representation had been breached".

Officers have the right to quiz suspects in emergencies when public safety is under threat but they went too far, he said.

The judge also should have let Ibrahim's legal team call evidence about a late confession from co-defendant Hussain Osman, Mr Carter-Stephenson added.

Michael Wolkind QC, for Yassin Omar, also said his client's interviews should not have been included as evidence because police had no right "to delay for seven hours the request to contact a solicitor to arrange his attendance".

He told the court Hussain Osman was said to have confessed to two prison officers "that the bombs involved were intended to be fully functional" but the jury did not hear about it.

Ramzi Mohammed is complaining along the same lines while Hussain Osman's barrister said a fifth plotter, Manfo Asiedu, committed perjury while giving evidence at the trial that helped convict his client.


Asiedu, who was jailed for 33 years in November after admitting conspiracy to cause explosions, is seeking permission to appeal against his sentence in a separate hearing.

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05 Mar 2008, 22:01 #4

21/7 plotters launch appeal
By Andrew Hough, LONDON (Reuters)  5/03/2008  17:03


Four men jailed for life for trying to bomb London's transport system in 2005 have launched an appeal, claiming their bomb plot was just a hoax designed to send a political statement.

The four were convicted last year of a plan to replicate the London suicide bombings of July 7, 2005 which had killed 52 commuters just two weeks earlier.

They are serving at least 40 years in jail for trying to detonate hydrogen peroxide-based bombs on three underground trains and at a bus station.

Although the detonators on their makeshift bombs fired, the main charges failed to explode and no one was killed in the July 21, 2005 attempts.
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Muktah Said Ibrahim, Yassin Hassan Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman were found guilty of conspiracy to murder after a trial lasting almost six months. They are appealing against their conviction.

A fifth man, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions on the eve of his retrial in November after the original jury failed to reach a verdict.

He is only seeking to appeal against his 33-year-sentence.

The group appeared via video link at London's Appeal Court on Wednesday.

George Carter-Stephenson, for Ibrahim -- the plot's alleged ringleader -- told the court the failed bombings were designed to send a political message.

"The applicant's case is that the events of 21 July were an elaborate hoax designed to protest against and draw attention to Britain's role in the attack on Iraq," he told the court.

"The devices were made to look realistic but included flaws to ensure the main charge would not detonate."

He said the appeal was also based on several wrong decisions from the trial judge, Adrian Fulford.

At the time, three years ago, police said the men, Muslims of African origin, would have caused carnage on a similar scale to 7/7.

Police launched the country's biggest manhunt for the would-be bombers, all of whom escaped in the chaotic aftermath, and managed to track them down in just over a week.

A sixth member of the gang, Adel Yahya, who was jailed for nearly seven years last November after pleading guilty to a lesser offence, is not part of the appeal group.

The hearing, before Justices Igor Judge, John Forbes and Colin Mackay, is expected to last two days. The judges will rule on whether to allow the appeal at a later date.

(Editing by Stephen Addison)
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06 Mar 2008, 07:46 #5

The Antagonist @ Mar 5 2008, 10:00 PM wrote: The judge also should have let Ibrahim's legal team call evidence about a late confession from co-defendant Hussain Osman, Mr Carter-Stephenson added.
More info on this from my post here:

Osman was the only one of the J21 defendants not to take the stand & present his case/evidence. Osman has claimed illness and was absent from the dock for long periods. In the closing weeks of the trial, he called prison officers to his cell at 3am and told them that the bombs had been real and that he had wanted to plead guilty. In his last-gasp confession he said Muktar Said Ibrahim had "bullied" him into taking part in the plot. Why didn't Osman choose to give his confession openly in the court? Osman does not appear in court for long periods, does not give any evidence in court, yet apparently chooses to present by the proxy of 2 Prison Guards (at the very last moment) a confession made in a prison cell that sways the case verdict.
Co-defendant 'blamed for 21 - 7'
Times, The (London, England) - June 12, 2007

One of the alleged 21/7 bombers called prison officers to his cell late at night and accused a co-defendant of masterminding the alleged bomb plot, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Hussein Osman, who detonated a device on a Tube train at Shepherds Bush, West London, accused Muktar Ibrahim of being the brains behind the attacks and of bullying him into making the bombs and distributing them, Ben Murray , one of the officers, said.

Mr Murray and Philip Bell, the second officer, said that they were called to Mr Osman's cell at Belmarsh prison in the early hours of last Friday when he complained of stomach pains.

They were called as witnesses even though evidence in the case had already concluded and counsel had begun their closing speeches.
The trial continues.
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22 Apr 2008, 13:45 #6

The Antagonist @ Mar 5 2008, 04:31 PM wrote:
21/7 London plotters appeal against terrorist convictions
London, March 5, IRNA


Four men, sentenced each to serve at least 40 years in prison, sought permission Wednesday to appeal against their convictions over a copycat bomb plot, two weeks after 56 were killed in the 7/7 bombings on London's transport system in 2005.

Muktar Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were found guilty last July of conspiracy to murder after failing to detonate explosives on three Tube trains and a bus in the British capital on July 21, 2005.

But speaking for the defendants, George Carter-Stephenson said the four men maintained the events were 'an elaborate hoax designed to protest against and draw attention to Britain's role in the attack upon and occupation of Iraq'.

The explosive devices, which were carried in rucksacks, had been made to look realistic, but had flaws deliberately built into them 'to ensure that the main charge of each of those devices would not detonate', the BBC quoted Carter-Stephenson saying.

He also argued that the trial judge had 'erred in law' in several instances, including over Ibrahim's right to legal advice and when he ruled Ibrahim's lawyer could not ask questions or call evidence about a late confession from his co-accused Hussain Omar.

A fifth man, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, who admitted conspiracy to cause explosions and was jailed in November for 33 years, is also seeking permission to appeal against his sentence, but his case is not expected to be heard until Thursday.

Sentencing the would-be bombers at Woolwich Crown Court in south London last July, the judge Mr Justice Fulford QC said the failed attacks were connected with the bombings in London two weeks earlier.

"What happened on July 7 in 2005 is of considerable relevance to this sentencing. I have no doubt that they were both part of an al- Qaeda-inspired and controlled sequence of attacks," the judge said.
As we've discussed before Ant, it's grossly misleading of the press to talk of terrorism convictions when this group weren't convicted under that legislation.
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23 Apr 2008, 12:17 #7

Failed 21/7 bomb plotters lose appeal bid
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Four men serving at least 40 years behind bars for planning the failed July 21 London suicide bombings failed today in a Court of Appeal bid to challenge their convictions.

Three judges in London dismissed applications brought by Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman for leave to appeal.

They were jailed for life last July after being convicted at London's Woolwich Crown Court of conspiracy to murder.

Today's ruling was given by Sir Igor Judge, Mr Justice Forbes and Mr Justice Mackay, who heard argument in the case last month.

On July 21, 2005, the men had tried to detonate rucksacks laden with explosives on three Underground trains at Shepherd's Bush station, Oval station and Warren Street station, together with a bus in Hackney Road, killing themselves and passengers, but the bombs failed to go off.

The attempted attacks came two weeks after four suicide bombers struck in central London, killing 52 people and injuring more than 770.

The judges also dismissed applications brought by Mohammed and Osman against sentence.

Sir Igor said: "These were merciless and extreme crimes. As they were rightly meant to be, the sentences were severe and extreme.

"Beyond doubt, however, they were utterly justified."


At their trial the four had maintained that the events of July 21 were an elaborate hoax designed to protest against and draw attention to Britain's role in the attack upon and occupation of Iraq.

Nigel Sweeney QC, for the Crown, told the judges during the appeal hearing that the conviction applications had "no merit".

Also during the hearing, George Carter-Stephenson QC, for Ibrahim, said to be the leader of the conspiracy, argued that the trial judge "erred in law" in ruling admissible Ibrahim's "safety" interviews - urgent or emergency interviews by police on the grounds of public safety.

The judge also "erred in law in ruling that counsel for the applicant was prohibited from asking questions or calling evidence" about an alleged late confession made by co-defendant Osman.

Grounds argued on behalf of Omar also related to the admissibility of the safety interviews and to the alleged confession.

The judges were told by Michael Wolkind QC, for Omar, that Osman was said to have made admissions to two prison officers.

The "confession" had "amounted to an acceptance by him that the bombs involved were intended to be fully functional".

Omar should have been permitted to challenge that evidence in the normal way. In the case of Osman, his barrister challenged evidence given by co-defendant Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, which was described as being "central" to his conviction - Asiedu was jailed for 33 years in November after admitting conspiracy to cause explosions.

James Lewis QC had argued it was now clear that "at least in part" that Asiedu committed perjury while giving evidence at the trial.

Complaint was also made on behalf of Mohammed in relation to the trial judge's ruling over the admissibility of his safety interview and the "confession" of Osman.

It was said on his behalf that the only fair course was for the judge to have permitted Mohammed to test the reliability of the confession by questioning the prison officers and, if appropriate, permitting evidence to be called as to Osman's mental state and reliability.

But the judges rejected the grounds of appeal today.

Sir Igor said the jury was given "appropriate and clear directions on all the issues arising in this trial".

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