Five Pak students denied bail over coded bomb plot in UK
Five Pakistani students detained in an anti-terror swoop were denied bail by a British court after a judge felt they may have used coded e-mails about "girls and cars" to plan an Easter bombing campaign in Manchester.world Updated: Aug 15, 2009 16:16 IST
Five Pakistani students detained in an anti-terror swoop were denied bail by a British court after a judge felt they may have used coded e-mails about "girls and cars" to plan an Easter bombing campaign in Manchester.
The e-mails appear to use girls' names to allude to bomb-making chemicals and a planned wedding as code for the attack, security services officials say.
The five were among 12 suspects, 11 Pakistanis and one Briton, who were arrested in raids in April but not charged with any criminal offence so far.
Justice Mitting, a High Court judge chairing the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, said: "We are not satisfied that the assessment by the security service of their likely meaning is clearly wrong."
One e-mail referred to a girl called Nadia who would be involved in a nikah, or wedding between April 15 and 20 this year. Mi5, which had been monitoring the men, decided that the girls' names were codes for explosive ingredients and the wedding was the date of a planned attack.
The government is trying to deport the students saying they are a risk to national security because they were members of a British-based network most likely involved in terrorist attack planning.