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An appeals court overturned the conviction of Ahmed Faraz, a Birmingham bookseller who was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for publishing and distributing extremist material. The court said the prosecution should not have relied on the fact that Faraz's texts were found in the homes of terrorists.
Abid Naseer, 26, who is wanted by the US on terror charges relating to an al Qaeda plot to bomb New York subways, was extradited to the US. Naseer, a Pakistani, was arrested in 2009 along with 11 other mostly Pakistani members of an al Qaeda cell that also planned attacks in Manchester and Norway. Terrorism suspect Ibrahim Magag, a Somali, has absconded.
The High Court declined to hear a Pakistani man's challenge to the lawfulness of alleged targeting assistance given by the UK to the CIA for the drone campaign in Pakistan. Characterizing the lawsuit as an attempt to elicit a public statement condemning the campaign, the court said that oversight of intelligence matters was the business of Parliament, not the courts.
The Foreign Office said it would seek to offer practical support to the Syrian rebels in the form of training and non-lethal equipment. The Syrian National Coalition's appointment of a UK envoy was hailed as "a sign of progress." The Home Secretary got permission to appeal an immigration court ruling prohibiting the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Jubayer Chowdhury and British trainee doctor Shajul Islam, who were arrested at Heathrow Airport by counterterrorism police, will be tried for their roles in the kidnapping and imprisonment of two Western journalists in Syria by Islamic extremists. Ruksana Begum, the sister of two men jailed this summer for a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange, was sentenced to one year in jail for possession of terrorist literature.