Pak men ‘part of al-Qaeda network planning attacks in Britain’

May 13th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 13 (ANI): The ten Pakistani men released without charge after an investigation into an alleged plot to bomb shopping centres in Manchester were part of an al-Qaeda network planning attacks in Britain and should be deported, a tribunal has heard.

The men were arrested on April 8 after former Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick entered Downing Street with details of the operation against the men visible under his arm.

None of the men were charged with any crime but the government launched an attempt to have the men deported.

According to The Telegraph, their lawyers are objecting to the deportation orders, arguing that they should be freed to continue their studies.

Robin Tam QC for the Home Secretary told the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in London: “All the applicants were members of a UK based network linked to al-Qaeda involved in attack planning.

“Each, therefore, poses a risk to national security and deportation would be considered in the national good.”

Tam said there was a “high risk they would re-engage in their former activity to the detriment of national security” and there was a risk they would abscond if granted bail. (ANI)

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