Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bomb plot suspects appear in court

Eleven suspects charged in connection with plotting to blow up trans-Atlantic flights have appeared in court [BBC]. The proceedings began shortly after midday at Westminster magistrates court today [Tuesday]. Eight have been charged with conspiracy to murder and have been named as Ahmed Abdullah Ali, 25, Arafat Waheed Khan, 25, Osman Adam Khatib, 19, Assad Ali Sarwar, 26, Umar Islam [aka - Brian Young], 28, Ibrahim Savant, 25, Waheed Zaman, 22, Tanvir Hussain, 25. Additionally, Cossar Ali, 23, wife of Ahmed Abdullah Ali, and Mehran Hussain, 23, have been charged with failing to disclose information. An un-named 17 year old has been charged with preparing for acts of Terrorism. The trials are not expected to commence until 2007. Eleven other individuals remain in police custody and have yet to be charged. The story is the main headline today contrasting with many broadcasters’ lead yesterday. British news broadcasters, as well as print media, gave over a large proportion of their coverage to the scandal of ball tampering in the world of cricket. CNN did at least reserve that story for their programme World Sport. Their headlines hinged on the Egyptian train crash [CNN] which killed dozens. Other major stories, a train crash in Spain [CNN] and an explosion in Moscow [BBC], were largely ignored by the media. The issue of Iran will likely come to the fore today. Today Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is expected to respond officially to requests for a cessation of Uranium enrichment. The expected response is likely to be a resounding ‘no’ [CNN]. Posted by Picasa

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