Man guilty in semi-secret British terror trial

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2014 10:01 AM

LONDON (AP) — A Turkish-born law student has been found guilty of a terrorism-related offense in Britain after a rare semi-secret trial.

The decision was reached by a jury last week but only made public Monday when the judge lifted reporting restrictions.

Erol Incedal, 26, was found guilty by a jury at a London courthouse of possessing a bomb-making document likely to be useful to a terrorist. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the related charge of preparing an act of terrorism with others abroad and Incedal is scheduled to face retrial early next year.

Prosecutors had sought to have the trial held in secret on national security grounds. After a challenge from media organizations, a judge ruled that some sections should be held in public. But a large part of the evidence was heard behind closed doors.

Incedal was arrested in October, 2013, while traveling in his car near London Bridge. Two weeks earlier, police had placed a listening device in his black Mercedes after he was stopped for speeding.

Police found a memory card with a bomb-making document and a file on car bombs tucked inside his iPhone.

Incedal denied any involvement in terrorism, saying he had a reasonable excuse for having the documents.

His co-defendant, 26-year-old Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, pleaded guilty before the trial started. He was found with an identical document.