The conviction of a man
accused of wanting to become a suicide bomber was overturned Tuesday
after a court in Scotland ruled that the trial judge did not properly
instruct the jury.
Prosecutors indicated they will not seek new
charges against Mohammed Atif Siddique, 24, who was sentenced to eight
years in prison in 2007.
Prosecutors had said during the
four-week trial that the Scottish college student had scoured Islamic
extremist Web sites for information about bomb-making and other
tactics. He was reported to have told other students he intended to
become a suicide bomber.
The appeals court found
the trial judge had not properly explained the provisions of Britain's
anti-terrorism laws when instructing the jury about how to assess
whether Siddique was guilty of the main charge against him.