Saturday, June 10, 2006

Terrorism suspects detained in London police raid go free

Remember that police raid on a suspected chemical weapons laboratory in London on June 2? (If not, see here.) Yeah, well, it looks like there may have been a problem, according to the BBC.

Two men, Abul Koyair and Mohammed Abdul Kahar, both in their early-20s, were picked up and were being "held under the Terrorism Act 2000 and questioned on suspicion of terrorism involvement". Kahar was even shot by police during the raid.

So what's the problem? Well, it seems, there wasn't any evidence against the two suspects. Or at least not enough. Both men have been "freed without charge".

Oops.

The authorities are unapologetic: "Police have defended the raid and said inquiries are ongoing." But they have to defend it, don't they? They can't admit that they made a mistake that included a shooting.

For all I know, "inquiries" may yet reveal more to the case than is presently known. Or they may not. Regardless, this is the sort of thing that can happen when law enforcement, particularly when the "law" deals with something as nebulous as terrorism, gets out of hand.

At the very least, an apology might be in order, don't you think? Perhaps even one from 10 Downing Street.

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