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Terror student ruling overturned

Mohammed Atif Siddique
Siddique was convicted of three terror offences in October 2007

Judges have overturned a decision not to allow a "would-be suicide bomber" to seek release from prison while he appeals against his conviction.

Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, from Alva, Clackmannanshire, was jailed for eight years for terror offences last October.

In May, Judge Lord Matthews rejected defence QC Donald Findlay's calls for Siddique to be freed pending an appeal.

That decision has been overturned at Edinburgh's Court of Appeal and could signal Siddique's future release.

Legal teams are expected back at the court in six weeks for further discussions before the appeal proper gets under way.

At that hearing Mr Findlay is expected to argue that it is unfair for Siddique to stay in prison while the appeal is heard.

Siddique was jailed in October 2007 for three terror offences following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Terrorist publications

During the trial the court heard that the former student had told fellow class mates he sympathised with al-Qaeda, wanted to become a suicide bomber and that his target would be central Glasgow.

He was found guilty of possessing suspicious terrorism-related items including CDs and videos of weapons use, guerrilla tactics and bomb-making.

He was also found guilty of collecting terrorist-related information, setting up websites showing how to make and use weapons and explosives, and circulating inflammatory terrorist publications.

Siddique has always claimed he is only a curious young man who found material on websites which could be accessed by anyone.

His solicitor, Aamer Anwar, said outside the court: "Mr Siddique , since the beginning, has maintained his innocence. I hope Mr Siddique and his family are satisfied with the outcome today."


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