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Suspect pleads guilty in 2005 London transit bombing attempt

[JURIST] Manfo Kwaku Asiedu [BBC profile] pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions over the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on June 21, 2005. Six suspects - Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohamed, and Adel Yahya - went on trial [JURIST report] in 2006. All but Asideu and Yahya were found guilty [JURIST report] and sentenced to prison for a minimum of 40 years. The jury failed to reach a verdict against Asideu [JURIST report]; his re-trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Instead, he will be sentenced November 19 and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The attempted attacks came two weeks after a similar suicide bombings [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive] killed 52 people on three underground trains and a bus in London. During the trial, Asiedu turned on his co-conspirators, undermining their defense that the plot was a hoax. Reuters has more.

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