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Al-Qaeda-linked Algerian goes on trial in UK first

The non-jury trial of an Algerian accused of links to the Islamist Al-Qaeda network opened in Belfast, a first in the United Kingdom. Abbas Boutrab, wearing a blue sweater, hung his bearded face low as he sat quietly in a glass box between two police officers at the start of his trial on Thursday, the first international terrorism case in the United Kingdom to involve only judges.The decision was taken to avoid the risk of jurors being swayed by threats, which legal sources said could set a precedent for non-jury trials being held in mainland Britain for other international terrorism cases.Full Story

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