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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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CPS defends decision not to charge Manchester bomb plotter

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended its decision not to charge Abid Naseer, a Pakistani man who was convicted of terror offences in the United States yesterday.

A court sketch of Naseer during his trial. Credit: Reuters

Naseer, 28, was found guilty of plotting to bomb a shopping centre in Manchester and the subway in New York City.

He was arrested in Manchester in 2009, and though police submitted a file to the CPS, it was deemed that there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

"The evidence in our possession in relation to Abid Naseer which would have been admissible in a criminal court was very limited," a spokeswoman said.

"Crucially, there was no evidence of training, research or the purchasing of explosives.

"We had no evidence of an agreement between Abid Naseer and others which would have supported a charge of conspiracy in this country."

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