STRASBOURG, France (AFP) – Four men who attempted to set off a series of explosives in London in 2005 did not have their right to a fair trial breached, the European
Court of Human Rights ruled Tues-day.
Three of the men argued that they did not have access to a lawyer during questioning and the fourth said the proper procedure was not followed when he gave testimony.
The Strasbourg-based European court however ruled – by six judges to one – there had been “no violation” to their right to a fair trial.
“The Court found that no undue prejudice had been caused to the applicants’ right to a fair trial,” the ECHR said.
On July 21, 2005, there were four separate attempted attacks on London’s public transport system. Witnesses reported small-scale ex-plosions from rucksacks.
Their detonators exploded but did not ignite the main charges, meaning the bombs did not cause significant damage.
Testing showed there was not enough hydrogen peroxide in the devices to spark an explosion.
The attempted attacks were a chilling echo of two weeks pre-viously, on July 7, when bombers targeted three underground trains and a double-decker bus, killing 56 and injuring more than 700.