UK terror trial collapses because defendant briefed MI5

Counter Information

By Robert Stevens

6 October 2014

A scheduled Old Bailey trial of British citizen and former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg collapsed last week, when all seven terrorism-related charges against him were dropped at a pretrial review.

Attempting to explain, West Yorkshire Police stated that new evidence had come to light which had “a significant impact on key pieces of evidence that underpinned the prosecution’s case”. The force’s Chief Constable added, “explaining what this newly revealed information is … would be unfair and inappropriate as they are no longer going to be tested in court.”

The police did not want to reveal that the case collapsed due to the revelation that intelligence officials from MI5 had extensive contacts with Begg and that he fully briefed the domestic spy agency on his activities before and after his trips to Syria. The Guardian reported October 2 that court documents “included minutes of meetings…

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