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Student Siddique awaits terror case ruling

Category: Scotland

Published: 9th Feb 2010 00:47:57

A man branded a "wannabe suicide bomber" by prosecutors will learn later if he is to be released after his conviction was overturned on appeal.

Mohammed Atif Siddique, 24, a student from Alva, Clackmannanshire, was found guilty of terrorism charges in 2007.

But Appeal Court judges in Edinburgh said on 29 January he had suffered a "miscarriage of justice" and quashed the conviction.

The Crown will now decide whether it wishes to seek a fresh prosecution.

The shopkeeper's son was jailed for eight years in October 2007 after a four-week trial in Glasgow.

He was found guilty of two charges under the Terrorism Act 2000, one under the Terrorism Act 2006 and a breach of the peace.

In January Lord Osborne criticised the way the trial judge explained the main Terrorist Act charge to the jury.

The judge, sitting with Lords Reed and Clarke in Edinburgh, said the "material misdirection" amounted to "a miscarriage of justice".

Mr Siddique remains in custody, pending the Crown Office's decision.

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