individuals have been charged in the UK
in connection with the criminal investigation into an alleged plot to destroy
of those have been charged with conspiracy to murder while the remaining three
have been charged with other terrorism-related offences – one with possession
of articles useful to preparing a terrorism act, and two with failure to
Prosecution Service counter-terrorism division chief Susan Hemming says: “This
morning I made a decision that there was sufficient evidence and authorised,
with the approval of the director of public prosecutions, the charge of 11
says that the eight individuals facing the conspiracy charge have also been
charged with preparing acts of terrorism, an offence newly introduced under UK legislation.
says that the offences relate to an alleged plot to manufacture and smuggle the
component parts of improvised explosive devices on board aircraft, assemble
them and detonate them.
one person has been released without charge, another 11 are still in custody
and remain under investigation. Hemming says: “We cannot yet make a decision
about whether further charges will follow or if a further application for
detention will be made…as the evidential picture is continuously developing.”
Crown Prosecution Service has identified the eight charged with conspiracy to
murder as Ahmed Abdullah Ali, Tanvir
Hussain, Umar Islam, Arafat Waheed Khan, Assad Ali Sarwar,
Adam Khatib, Ibrahim Savant and Waheed Zaman.
17-year old male, whose name has not been released, faces charges relating to
possession of items likely to be useful to a person preparing acts of terrorism
– including a book on improvised explosive devices, suicide notes, wills and
other people, named as Cossar
Ali and Mehran Hussain, are charged with failure
to disclose information.
Police anti-terrorist branch chief
Peter Clarke says that “highly significant” video and audio surveillance
evidence was gathered by police before the investigation into the alleged plot
became public on 10 August.
says that police have also recovered bomb-making equipment including chemicals
such as hydrogen peroxide, a component of explosives such as triacetone triperoxide (TATP). A number of ‘martyrdom videos’ –
pre-recorded statements on videotape – have also been seized.
says that the scale of the inquiry is “immense” and that investigations will
“span the globe”. He states that police have recovered 400 computers,
containing around 6,000GB of data, as well as 200 mobile telephones and 8,000
items of storage media in connection with the investigation.
checks at UK
airports were stepped up on 10 August in the wake of the investigation, leading
to several days’ disruption to airline operations, particularly at London