Such civilizational suicide is without equal. Why don't they provide the bombs, as well?
While Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll rot in jail.
Al Qaeda bomb plot gangs were handed £30m in legal aid to fund their defence Daily Mail, January 21, 2013 (thanks to Daryl)
- Trial of attempted July 21 bombers cost taxpayers £7.1million in legal aid
- Terrorists who plotted to blow up planes given £12.2million to fund defence
- Justice Secretary plans to hire junior lawyers to cut down on costs
Anger: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is adamant he will cut the cost of legal aid
Two gangs of Al Qaeda terrorists who plotted to inflict mass murder on the British public shared more than £30million in legal aid, it emerged last night.
Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show the astonishing sums being paid out by taxpayers to fund defence in criminal cases.
Recipients of huge amounts include the July 21 bombers, a group of Islamist fanatics behind the 2006 airline liquid bomb plot and a string of fraud cases.
The former fugitive Asil Nadir - who rented a £23,000-a-month London residence during his trial - received more than £1million in legal aid.
'Suffolk Strangler' Steven Wright, who murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich, was given £444,220 to pay for his defence.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said of the revelations: ‘Of course everyone deserves a defence.
‘But when you look at costs involved in some cases, you have to ask whether we can afford to provide this level of support in criminal trials.
Criminal legal aid costs one billion a year, and at a time like this, you have to challenge whether we are getting appropriate value for taxpayers’ money.’
A breakdown published by Mr Grayling’s department details the most expensive legal aid cases in each of the last five financial years.
Help: The July 21 bombers, pictured on CCTV buying peroxide, received £7.1million in taxpayer funds
In 2007/08, the July 21 terrorism trial swallowed £7.1million. Muktar Ibrahim, Ramzi Mohammed, Yassin Omar and Hussain Osman were convicted of attempting to blow themselves up on the London transport network just two weeks after the 7/7 atrocity in 2005.
The four men tried to mirror the previous attack but their rucksacks, packed with explosives, failed to detonate. At their trial in 2007, they claimed it was a deliberate hoax to protest over the war in Iraq.
The following year the eight defendants in an alleged conspiracy to launch suicide bomb attacks on a succession of transatlantic airliners, using liquid bombs, cost £12.2million in legal aid. The plot led to draconian restrictions on what could be taken on flights.
The first jury failed to reach a verdict in the case - leading to re-trials which swallowed a further £14.8million. Ultimately, seven out of the eight original suspects were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.
Money: Jars of substances kept by the attempted transatlantic plane bombers, whose trial sucked up £12.2million in legal aidRICH TYCOON'S £1M HANDOUT
Asil Nadir received £1,056,588 of taxpayers' money in legal aid– even though he was renting a house in London at a cost of £23,000 per week during his trial.