LAWFUEL – UK Legal News – On 20.11.07 at Kingston Crown Court Manfo Kwaku ASIEDU, 34 years of Tollington Park, N4, London was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for his part in the attempted bombings of the London transport system on 21st July 2005. He had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on 9.11.07.
DAC Peter Clarke, head of the Counter Terrorism Command and National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations, said:
“Asiedu was one of the terrorists who wanted to bring a fresh wave of carnage to London on 21st July 2005, just two weeks after 52 members of the public had been killed by terrorists.
“He was actively involved in this conspiracy: he helped to purchase large amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which was used in the devices and set out on the 21st July carrying his bomb in a rucksack.
“He is a dedicated terrorist who consistently lied about the role he played in this plot. Only now, has he finally admitted his guilt.
“Asiedu is the latest in what is becoming a long line of terrorists pleading guilty to their offences. This shows the scale of the threat we are facing, and the strength of the evidence we are putting before the Courts.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to be alert. In the weeks and months preceding the attacks, Asiedu and his accomplices compiled the raw ingredients to build their bombs. Much of the material was purchased on the high street and then put together in a flat in a busy residential area.
“We would urge anybody with concerns about suspicious behaviour to report them to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline.
“We want people to look out for the unusual – some activity or behaviour which strikes them as not quite right and out of place in their normal day to day lives.”
Anyone with information should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.