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Assets of 19 remain frozen

The assets of people named over an alleged terror plot remained frozen.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 20:06 IST

The assets of all 19 people named over an alleged terror plot remained frozen, even though at least two of them have been freed without charge, finance ministry officials said.

A day after the police announced on August 10 that they had foiled a conspiracy to blow up US-bound planes, Britain's central bank, the Bank of England, named 19 of the 24 people arrested and said it had frozen their assets.

"It is the case that two people from the list have been released by the police," even though their assets remained frozen along with the 17 others on the list, a Treasury spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Yes, that's correct," the spokesman replied when asked if the assets of all 19 remained frozen.

The spokesman did not name the two freed men on the list, but media reports have identified two of the five people freed without charge as Tayib Rauf and Amin Tariq. Their names are on the Bank of England list.

The police meanwhile have declined to give the names of the five released. "We take advice from the police and security services on the list," which is constantly revised, the Treasury spokesman said.

Keeping people on the list "requires a lower burden of evidence" than prosecution of a criminal case, which requires evidence beyond reasonable doubt, he added.

A source close to the probe said it "could be the case there is a brief lag between people released by the police and the Treasury and the police being satisfied that they are in no way engaged in funding terrorism or acts of terrorism themselves."

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