UK: Bail granted to 2 accused in airliner plot

October 27, 2006 18:26


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A British judge granted bail Friday to two of the people accused in an alleged plot to blow up US-bound jetliners with liquid explosives and he urged lawyers to avoid any delays in starting a trial that is already more than a year away. Nabeel Hussain, 22, and a 17-year-old male were granted bail by Judge David Calvert-Smith after a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court. But the judge denied bail to 24-year-old Cossor Ali, the only woman charged so far in connection with the alleged plot. Hussain is one of 11 people charged with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because he is underage, was charged with possessing material that could be used to prepare a terrorist act. Court restrictions prevent reporting of their bail conditions. Hussein and the 17-year-old are the only two of the accused to be granted bail so far. The alleged plot was described by investigators as having the potential to be on a similar scale to the Sept. 11 attacks.

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