Wife cleared of failing to report suicide bomb plan

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The wife of Omar Sharif, the failed British suicide bomber, has been cleared of failing to tell authorities about his intentions, but his brother and sister are to face a retrial on a charge of failing to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism.

A jury of seven women and five men acquitted Tahira Tabussum, 28, last week after nearly 24 hours of deliberation. A court order had banned reporting that until yesterday.

The Recorder of London, Judge Michael Hyam, lifted that order yesterday when the prosecuting counsel, Jonathan Laidlaw, announced that the other two defendants, Parveen, 36, and Zahid Sharif, 37, would be retried. Parveen also faces a second trial on a charge of inciting her brother Omar to commit an act of terrorism.

The three were arrested after the bombing of Mike's Place, a busy bar in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 30 April last year. Sharif's bomb failed to go off but that of his partner, Asif Hanif, killed three. Sharif's body was found in the sea three days later.

The three defendants, all from Derby, denied the charges.