Would-be bomber loses appeal bid

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Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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One of the men jailed over a failed suicide plot to attack London’s transport network has lost a bid to appeal against his conviction.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected an application by Manfo Asiedu for the go-ahead to challenge his conviction for “conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury to property”.

Asiedu, who was jailed for 33 years in November 2007, claimed his conviction was “unsafe”.

Charges against Asiedu and others arose out of the taking of home-made bombs onto the London transport system on July 21 2005.

Ghanaian-born Asiedu, then aged 34, who was described as a ”trusted and major participant” in the failed plot, wa s tasked with exploding his rucksack device on the Tube at White City station but ”lost his nerve at the last moment” and dumped it in woodland.

Two weeks earlier, on July 7, a similar plot killed 52 innocent people on London’s transport network.

Asiedu’s application was turned down today by Lord Hughes, Mr Justice Wilkie and Mr Justice Irwin.

Restrictions previously in place preventing reporting of the case were lifted today with immediate effect.

Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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