Al-Qaeda Leader in Liquid Bomb Plot Asks Court to Free Him Because His Human Rights Were Infringed Upon, by Lizzie Edmonds | The Daily Mail November 5, 2013
Ali and his associates posted a video that boasted of his airline bomb plot, which would have seen the group attempt to smuggle the bombs on to seven flights
The mastermind behind the ‘liquid bomb plot’, one of the most deadly terrorist plans ever to be unearthed in Britain, is making a bid to have his conviction overturned on human rights grounds.
- Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink and taken aboard a plane
- Mastermind of ‘liquid bomb plot’ – one of the most deadly plans ever to be discovered in Britain – sentenced to life for conspiracy to murder in 2009
- Claims publicity before his trial would have prejudiced a jury’s decision and has appealed to European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
- Court does not hold power to quash conviction, but a ruling in his favour could lead to a fresh appeal in British courts
- Judges must establish whether he had a ‘fair trial by an impartial tribunal’ as required under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- ‘Things cannot go on as they are,’ says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink and taken on board a plane.He and a group of associates planned to take the bombs aboard seven flights. However, the al-Qaeda terrorist now claims his human rights were infringed by publicity before he was convicted for life for conspiracy to murder – and has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.
He argues that the jury would have been prejudiced by coverage of a previous trial.Although the Strasbourg court does not hold the power to quash the conviction, it would be extremely problematic for the Government if they ruled in the terrorist’s favour.
If Ali wins his case it would allow him and fellow plotters to begin an attempt in British to have their convictions quashed, using the European ruling to convince judges that their convictions were not fair.
‘Our justice system is one of the best in the world and the Strasbourg court has no business telling us how to run it.’
Although British judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled the case deserve a hearing, the European Court has examined Ali’s application.
A picture of several empty bottles found at the group’s East London base, that was shown to a jury at Woolwich Crown Court