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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 criticised for failing to prosecute Naseer in UK

Abid Naseer was convicted of plotting attacks in Manchester, New York and Copenhagen.

Police chiefs have questioned why an Al-Qaida terrorist was not prosecuted in the UK after planning "another 9/11" on Britain's streets.

Pakistani-born Abid Naseer, 28, was convicted in a New York court of plotting attacks on both sides of the Atlantic, including one in Manchester.

But the Crown Prosecution Service have been criticised for not charging him when he was arrested in the UK in 2009.

Tony Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: "The reality is that, had the Americans not acted, a dangerous man who was intent on causing death and destruction here could potentially still be walking our streets.

"This is deeply worrying and I will be raising this issue with the Home Secretary because we need real assurances that whatever went wrong here is never repeated. The public will want to know why he wasn't brought to trial here."

The CPS say there was not enough evidence to prosecute Naseer in the UK.

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