Failed London bombers fail to have sentence overturned on Human Rights grounds

Three men who attempted to blow up London’s underground system have lost an appeal against their convictions at the European Court of Human Rights.

Somalian nationals Muktar Said Ibrahim, Ramzi Mohammed and Yassin Omar all claimed to have had their right to a fair trial breached, because they were denied access to lawyers during police questioning.

They said that statements given during questioning were then subsequently used at trial breaching article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ismail Abdurahman, another claimant, was convicted of assisting one of the suspected bombers and claims his trial was unfair as a statement he provided as a witness was used against him.

Human rights judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg said that no prejudice had been caused to the failed bombers’ right to a fair trial as a result of the failure to provide access to a lawyer before and during their interviews or to provide access to a lawyer to Abdurahman during his initial police interview.

Judges at the ECHR said: “It has been convincingly established that at the time of the impugned police interviews there was an exceptionally serious and imminent threat to public safety and that this threat provided compelling reasons which justified the temporary delay of all four applicants’ access to lawyers.”

The four men now have three months to refer their appeal to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights for a final attempt to challenge their convictions.

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