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UK police charge 12th suspect in alleged airplane bombings plot

[JURIST] British police [London Metropolitan Police Service website] charged 24-year-old Umair Hussain Thursday with failing to disclose information that could have prevented a terrorist attack, specifically an alleged plan [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic. Hussain is the 12th [list] suspect charged [JURIST report] in connection with the reportedly-thwarted plot. Crown prosecutors charged [press release] eight British Muslims Monday with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. Also, a 17-year-old was charged with possessing items useful to a terrorist and two other suspects were charged with failing to report the plot.

Police have until Wednesday to question eight more uncharged suspects currently in custody since a High Court judge in London granted a police request to extend their detentions [JURIST report] for the second time. The Terrorism Act of 2006 [PDF] permits detention without charge for up to 28 days. The reasons for detention are kept secret, though one detainee has petitioned the High Court to compel disclosure [JURIST report] of the reasoning behind his detention. Additionally, an estimated 17 people, including two British nationals, are being held in Pakistan for reasons related to the plot. Reuters has more.

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