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Two more UK airplanes bomb plot suspects released

[JURIST] A British court Wednesday ordered the release of two brothers charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up commercial planes [JURIST report] flying from Great Britain to the US in August. In a hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court [official website], District Judge Quentin Purdy freed Umair Hussain and Mehran Hussain [GlobalSecurity profiles], saying there was not sufficient evidence to indicate they had further undisclosed information about the supposed role of a third brother, Nabeel Hussain [GlobalSecurity profile].

Nabeel was arrested during a raid in Britain after police uncovered a plan to build and detonate bombs on 10 planes bound for the US. He and ten others were charged [JURIST report] with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under provisions of the Terrorism Act 2006 [text]. He was released on bail Friday along with a 17-year-old co-suspect. AP has more. Last week the judge presiding over the trial of the remaining suspects urged prosecutors and defense lawyers to avoid any further delays in the case [JURIST report], which is not expected to begin before 2008.

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