The nine men found guilty of hijacking an Afghan airliner and flying it to Stansted Airport have had their convictions quashed at the Court of Appeal in London. Brothers Ali and Mohammed Safi – who had been accused of leading the hijack – were jailed for five years in January last year after telling their trial they were fleeing persecution by the Taleban. More than 150 passengers were held for three days on the tarmac at the airport in Essex in deteriorating conditions. The cost of the incident, including two trials, a huge police cordon at Stansted, and disruption to the airport and business, was thought to have reached £12m. Full Story
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