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CPS defends decision not to charge Manchester bomb plotter

The Crown Prosecution Service has defended its decision not to charge Manchester bomb plotter Abid Naseer in the UK, claiming there was not enough evidence against him.

Naseer was this week found guilty of planning terror attacks in the US and the UK during a trial in America.

But a police crime commissioner in the UK said it was "deeply worrying" no further action was taken here and pledged to raise the matter with the Home Secretary.

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M15 officer gives evidence in disguise at Naseer trial

Officer 1661 gives evidence at Naseer's trial. Credit: Court artist/Jane Rosenberg

The first of five MI5 officers today began giving evidence at the trial of alleged Manchester bomb plotter Abid Naseer.

Officer '1661' wore a beard, glasses and a wig to protect his identity.

Speaking in a Northern accent, he told the court in Brooklyn how he trailed Naseer in Liverpool during late March and early April.

Prosecutors claim Naseer planned to blow up the Arndale Shopping Centre in a bid to carry out a "second 9/11".

He is also accused of planning terorr attacks in New York and Copenhagen but denies the charges against him.

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