Man cleared over computer 'terror' files

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A 33-year-old man said to have stored thousands of computer files for terrorism walked free from the Old Bailey as he was formally cleared of terrorism charges.

The court heard that two hard drives containing the files were found at the home of Somalian-born Musse Yusuf in Higgs Close, Leicester, in May 2008.

They were said to include "terrorist videos and manuals", among them a step-by-step guide on how to make a suicide vest.

Yusuf denied four counts of having documents or records for terrorism, saying he was collecting material to help oppressed Somalian resistance fighters.

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

It was the second time Yusuf had faced trial on the charges after a jury in a previous trial also failed to reach a decision.

After today's jury was discharged, prosecutors said they would offer no evidence and Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, formally entered not guilty verdicts to all four counts.