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In January 2003, the British media splashed the scoop that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda phone, poised to unharness the lethal poison ricin at the capital. Police had reportedly came upon strains of ricin, in addition to a panoply of bomb and poison-making apparatus within the cell’s ‘factory of loss of life’ – a shabby flat in north London. ‘This hazard is current and actual, and with us now’ introduced leading minister Tony Blair.

But, while the ‘ricin plot’ got here to trial on the outdated Bailey, a really diversified tale emerged: there has been no ricin and no subtle plot. hardly ever has a felony case been so shamelessly distorted via govt, media and safety forces to push their very own ‘tough on terror’ agendas. during this meticulously researched and compellingly written booklet, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman on the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, provide the definitive tale of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.

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Archer T01953 01 textual content eleven 30/07/2010 10:51 12 Ricin! His unlawful immigration prestige didn't, despite the fact that, hinder Feddag from receiving aid with housing. In September 2001, Islington Council Asylum staff had came upon him the room at 352b excessive street, wooden eco-friendly – the handle the media have been later to explain as a ‘factory of death’. 7 Feddag lived at wooden eco-friendly, surviving hand to mouth, for approximately a 12 months. yet, in the summertime of 2002, he moved again to east London to house-sit for the kinfolk buddy, who had needed to go back to Algeria following the demise of his mom. A spare room was once a beneficial commodity one of the Algerian neighborhood, so instead of go away 352b status empty, Feddag had provided it to Bourgass, whom he knew as ‘Nadir’. the 2 knew one another a bit of through the Finsbury Park Mosque and Feddag was once acutely aware that Nadir didn’t have an everlasting position to stay. The prosecution barrister, Nigel Sweeney, reeled off an inventory of things discovered on the wooden eco-friendly premises which he stated have been to be used within the making of toxins or explosives: rubber gloves, scales, thermometers, blotting paper, a funnel, 3 plastic bottles of acetone (the central component in nail varnish remover) and isopropanol (rubbing alcohol), a espresso mill, a mortar and pestle, fruit seeds and a complete of twenty-two castor beans, such a lot of which have been stored, incongruously, in a crimson jewelry field. facts from the police officer who interviewed Feddag after the 17-year-old’s arrest used to be learn to the courtroom. Feddag had insisted all through those interviews that every one the suspect goods belonged to Bourgass, the guy he knew as Nadir. Feddag appeared to imagine that the goods have been totally blameless and didn’t it seems that query why Bourgass had desired to stockpile the sort of curious array of products. Feddag’s declare that every one those belonged to Bourgass used to be supported through the truth that Archer T01953 01 textual content 12 30/07/2010 10:51 The Trial thirteen none of Feddag’s fingerprints were discovered on any of the goods – while Bourgass’s prints have been all over the place them. The officer testified that Feddag were often invaluable in the course of wondering – answering every little thing he was once requested and dealing with a great number of photos to spot quite a few humans he knew, frequently from the Finsbury Park Mosque. The Finsbury Park Mosque in north London is better recognized for being a centre for radical Islam. even though, even on the peak of its notoriety, the mosque’s function used to be a lot wider than that, appearing as a magnet for plenty of younger Algerian males, who used it as a social in addition to spiritual centre. in the course of wondering, Feddag had confessed to police to preserving a fake passport within the fictitious identify of Osman Koufi, and to having attempted to shop for one for his brother, who was once because of arrive in London from Algeria. on the finish of 2002, Feddag had requested Bourgass to vacate the room at 352b, so his brother may possibly remain there in its place and, hence, Bourgass used to be now not dwelling on the flat whilst the police raided. The prosecution barrister then became to the recipes in Bourgass’s handwriting that were chanced on at Feddag’s flat.

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