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You may recall the case of Erol Incedal, a British national, who has twice stood trial on terrorism charges since being arrested at gunpoint in 2013 . In an unprecedented move, the British government had attempted to hold both trials in secret, in the interests of "national security". The jury failed to reach a verdict on the more serious charge of planning a terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS.After a second trial, even more of which was held in secret and which ended last month, a jury finally acquitted Incedal of that charge. Considering that what the jury heard convinced them that Incedal was not plotting terror attacks, and bearing in mind the lengths to which the government went to keep this trial a secret, it must surely be in the national interest to know why Incedal has been cleared of being a terrorist.Here is a man who has been found guilty of possessing a bomb-making manual, but whom two separate juries, who saw all the evidence, failed to convict of planning terror attacks.The Incedal trial represents yet another erosion of freedom of expression in the U.K., from the pervasive snooping of the security services into our emails, to the government attacks on the media, which has seen more journalists put on trial than terrorists in recent years.
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