All 11 suspects in airline plot remanded in custody

All the 11 people, who are facing charges connected to the alleged terrorism plot – as announced yesterday – have been remanded in custody today to appear at the Old Bailey later, one on the 29th August, two on 19th September and the 8 facing the most serious charges on the 4th September. Meanwhile some interesting statements from the police in Wales, as well as from the Garda[subs req], as the man and woman who were being questioned there were released without charge – see below.The BBC report has the briefest details on the two’s release without charge

North Wales Police deputy chief constable Clive Wolfendale had said the pair were in possession of “several items” but did not give further details.

He added that it did not appear the pair had any links to Wales and he also said the arrests were not directly linked to the alleged foiled bomb plot to blow up passenger planes.

While UTV has a fuller quote from the North Wales Police spokeswoman

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: “After careful consideration of existing evidence and close liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service, a decision has been taken to release from custody the two individuals arrested under the Terrorism Act at Holyhead on August 11.

“North Wales Police cannot comment further at this point.”

Earlier today, the Irish Times reported [subs req.]

Their arrests followed a UK intelligence-led operation, and it is understood the arrested man had been under surveillance by British police for some time.

He was also known to gardaí, but sources said yesterday he was not regarded as posing any significant threat.

and quoted a Garda source, as well as confirming that ‘an action’ had been carried out on behalf of UK authorities.

A Garda source said police in Holyhead seized a laptop computer and a disk containing bomb-making instructions.

Immediately after the arrests in Wales, UK police contacted the Garda to request the search of a house in Clondalkin. A Garda spokesman confirmed that “an action” was carried out on behalf of UK authorities.

While some documentation was examined, it is understood a thorough search of the property yielded little of interest to officers.

The Irish Times also reported that the two, who were released without charge, are naturalised Irish citizens.

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  • Rory

    North Wales Police deputy chief constable Clive Wolfendale had said the pair were in possession of “several items” but did not give further details.

    Well that’s good enough for me. Clearly no reasonable human being requires more than one item and anyone found in possession of more is a threat to the community. I expect that they were only released by the South Wales Police because there are no trees in that area tall enough from which to hang them.

  • Pete Baker

    Yes Rory, that’s clearly why the North Wales police released them without charge.

    *shakes head*

  • Rory

    The question for all of us, Pete, is not why the police released them (or indeed failed to lynch them) but rather why they were arrested and held for so long in the first place.

    And, good man that you are, you know that, Pete, do you not?

  • Miss Fitz

    Rory

    One thing that annoys me is people who complain loudly when episodes like this occur are often the ones who screech loudest about the failure of police to protect us if the s*** hits the fan

    We cant have it both ways. Either we accept that we cannot fly, or take the tube and allow people to blow us up, or we accept that arrests will be made and due process followed

  • Pete Baker

    The snippets from the various reports, if you read the original post carefully Rory, may indicate why the North Wales police arrested them.

    But, no doubt, you have your own theory on that..

    [on tin foil hat]

  • Pete Baker

    For those who may not be reading carefully, the Irish Times report may indicate the reasoning behind the arrests at Holyhead

    Their arrests followed a UK intelligence-led operation, and it is understood the arrested man had been under surveillance by British police for some time.

    He was also known to gardaí, but sources said yesterday he was not regarded as posing any significant threat.

    Worth also remembering that, along with the stated assessment by gardaí, the arrests occurred on Friday 11th August, when there was a stated concern about a secondary plot to the one the police have alleged the other suspects were involved in.