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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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Abid Naseer found guilty of plotting Manchester bombing

Pakistani citizen Abid Naseer has been found guilty of leading al Qaeda plots to launch bomb attacks in the UK and US.

The 28-year-old was accused of planning a terror attack on Manchester's Arndale shopping centre in 2009, along with an attack in New York.

He was found guilty of all three charges he faced after being tried in front of a jury at Brooklyn's federal district courthouse.

Prosecutors claimed Abid Naseer was the leader of an al-Qaeda terror cell in the North West of England.

Naseer claimed he was an innocent and peace loving man who came to Britain for an education and a wife.

But the jury found him guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Prosecutors said Naseer's plot formed part of a three-pronged international attack, timed to coincide with strikes on the New York subway and a Danish newspaper.

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