The trial of three men accused of helping the July 7th bombers in London has been thrown into confusion tonight after the jury failed to reach a verdict.
After two weeks of deliberation the jury announced it could not decide on the charge of ‘conspiracy to cause an explosion’. It has now been discharged.
Prosecutors had tried to prove that the three men, all from Leeds in the north of England, had taken part in a dry run of the attacks which killed 52 people and injured hundreds more.
The accused all admit they knew the bombers but insist they didn’t help them. They denounced the prosecution as politically motivated, and said they were being deemed guilty by association.
They claim their trip to London in 2004 was a tourist trip and a chance to visit family. The prosecution said they went there after a call from the bombers’ ringleader Sidique Khan in Pakistan.
A retrial is now likely. The men have been remanded in custody until a hearing in September.