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Lawyer sent cash to 21/7 suspect
Mudassar Arani
Mudassar Arani: Sent cash to Asiedu, court heard
A solicitor for three of the alleged 21 July suicide attack plotters sent 600 to a fourth accused who she did not represent, a court heard.

Mudassar Arani, from Arani and Co, sent money to Manfo Asiedu while he was in custody in Belmarsh Prison, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

It was alleged someone connected to Ms Arani tried to get Mr Asiedu to change his story to suit another defendant.

Six defendants deny conspiracy to murder and to cause explosions.

The court heard Ms Arani, who represents alleged plot leader Muktar Ibrahim and others, also sent Mr Asiedu an Eid card signed "lots of love Mudassar Arani".

'Changes to statement'

Mr Ibrahim told the court Ms Arani sent him 100 while he was in prison, 50 for an Eid festival and 50 for another festival, and added he was not aware of a payment to Mr Asiedu.

Mr Asiedu's defence counsel, Stephen Kamlish QC, said: "Why send you 100 and Asiedu 600 when he is not even her client?"

Mr Kamlish also presented a document to the court which he said showed changes made to Mr Asiedu's defence statement to make Mr Ibrahim's own case look better.

He said the paper could have been smuggled into the prison in legal documents "from outside".

Referring to Ms Arani, he said: "Somebody connected to this solicitor has been trying to persuade my client to change his case to suit Ibrahim's case."

Solicitor changes

He also accused Mr Ibrahim of attempting to make sure Mr Asiedu "towed the false defence line".

He said he had tried to get his co-defendants to switch legal representation to his solicitor to make sure they all told the same story.

"One by one you tried to persuade them to change their solicitor, didn't you?" he said.

"Then three of them made applications to change from the firms they were then with in 2005 to your firm."

Yassin Omar and Ramzi Mohammed changed firms to be represented by Arani and Co but Mr Asiedu's application failed, the barrister said.

'Bribe'

Mr Ibrahim, who allegedly tried to detonate a bomb on a London bus, was also accused of getting his brother to bribe Mr Asiedu.

The court was told how in March last year the brother apparently sent Mr Asiedu 30 and said he would give him 10 more each week.

Mr Ibrahim said he asked his brother to give it to Mr Asiedu because he didn't have anyone to send him money.

Mr Ibrahim, 29, of Stoke Newington, north London, is one of six men accused of carrying out a failed plot to explode bombs on London's transport system.

His co-defendants are Mr Asiedu, 33, of no fixed address, Mr Omar, 26, from New Southgate, north London, Mr Mohammed, 25, of North Kensington, west London, Hussein Osman, 28, of no fixed address and Adel Yahya, 24, Tottenham, north London.




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