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London transit bombing defendants plead not guilty

[JURIST] Three men charged with conspiracy to cause explosions [JURIST report] for their alleged involvement in the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline] pleaded not guilty Friday. The defendants - Mohammed Shakil, Sadeer Saleem, and Waheed Ali - are accused of plotting terror attacks against tourist attractions and public transportation in London between November 2004 and July 2005, and are the first to be charged for the deadly bombings, which killed 56 people, including four bombers, and injured more than 700 others. Their trial is scheduled to begin in March 2008.

British police arrested [press release; JURIST report] three suspects in March, two at the Manchester Airport and a third at his residence. BBC News has more.

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