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London chemical bomb suspects freed
Saturday 10 June 2006,
Some 250 officers were involved in last Thursday's raid
British police say they have freed without charge two brothers who were arrested in an anti-terrorist raid in east London last week, in which one of them was shot.
Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, who is recovering from a gun-shot wound, and Abul Koyair, 20, were released on Friday after being held for questioning at a high security prison since police swooped on their house at dawn a week ago
Originally posted by Britguy
I doubt there ever was any chemical weapons plot and the statements that they are looking elsewhere are just a way of trying to save face and not appear such a bunch of amatuers and incompetents.
If these guys were supposedly under surveillance for weeks, as we have been told, then I'm sure some solid evidence of wrongdoing would have been found. You don't just launch an operation of this size based on the word of one rather dodgy informant.... or do you?
The Metropolitan Police is facing a potential compensation bill of £500,000 for two brothers who were held as terror suspects for a week, according to reports. Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, who was shot, and 20-year-old Abul Koyair were released without charge after police found no trace of a chemical device at an address in Forest Gate, east London. Several Sunday newspapers have claimed that Mr Kahar could claim between £100,000 and £250,0000 for his injuries, while both men could claim for libel damages.
The family's lawyer Gareth Peirce told The Observer that the pair would be launching a legal action for damages against Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
She said: "But it will not be enough; the emotional damage will be enormous. In similar cases, some individuals never recover from an incident like this.
"Nobody identified themselves as police as they stormed in wearing terrifying black hoods and started bashing them over the head.
"They only realised they were officers when they saw the word 'police' on their backs."
Questions are being asked about how the police and intelligence services handled an anti-terror raid in east London after the release of two men.
Muslim Council of Britain chief Mohammed Abdul Bari said: "The question the community raises is the genuineness of the intelligence."
He went on: "Because if the intelligence is flawed and operations are carried out in this manner, that creates difficulties in the community relationship.
Damian Hockney, also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said the police had had to make a difficult decision.
"This is obviously embarrassing, but the police were in an impossible position.