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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
El Guerbouzi - an apology
BBC statement

In the Daily Politics programme broadcast on BBC Two on 12 July 2005 the presenter Andrew Neil referred to a Moroccan conviction obtained against Mohamed El Guerbouzi in his absence from the country and wrongly suggested thereby that Mr El Guerbouzi was in some way responsible for or played a part in terrorist activities and that he should be removed from the country.

Furthermore, from 13 July 2005 BBC Monitoring published two translated articles from a newspaper and news agency based in Bosnia Herzegovina which referred to Mr Mohamed El Guerbouzi as the prime suspect in the 7 July 2005 London bombings and thereby wrongly linked him to terrorism. From 15 August 2005 BBC Monitoring also published an article translated from a Belgian website which wrongly associated him with the bomb attacks in Casablanca on 16 May 2003 and Madrid on 11 March 2004.

The BBC has no evidence that Mr El Guerbouzi has been involved in terrorist activity and unreservedly apologises to Mr El Guerbouzi and his family for the upset caused by the publication of these allegations against him which are withdrawn



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