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    DescriptionIn January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell's 'factory of death' - a shabby flat in north London. 'This danger is present and real, and with us now' announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the 'ricin plot' came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own 'tough on terror' agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.


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    Title
    Ricin!
    Subtitle
    The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Archer, By (author) Fiona Bawdon, Foreword by Michael Mansfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745329277
    ISBN 10: 0745329276
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: POL004000
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    B&T General Subject: 490
    BISAC V2.8: LAW027000
    B&T Approval Code: C39300000, A40502500
    BISAC V2.8: BIO010000
    DC22: 364.1
    BISAC V2.8: POL037000
    B&T Approval Code: A40555400
    DC22: 363.3253
    LC classification: HV6433.4.G72 .L653 2010
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Thema V1.0: DNXC
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    11 photographs
    Publisher
    PLUTO PRESS
    Imprint name
    PLUTO PRESS
    Publication date
    15 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Lawrence Archer is the telecoms engineer who was foreman of the jury at the 2005 ricin trial. He has followed the lives of the acquitted defendants ever since, including attending their High Court and immigration appeal hearings. Fiona Bawdon is a freelance journalist. She writes on criminal and civil justice issues for the national and specialist legal press.
    Review quote
    A refreshing insight into how the government and security services shamelessly seized on an alleged conspiracy to promote their "war on terror". ... The plot never existed and no ricin was found. This is an inside story of a six month trial which provides valuable lessons, not least to budding members of MI5 and the police. -- Richard Norton-Taylor, Security Editor of the Guardian This is a praiseworthy example of a jury, better placed than anyone else to know what really goes on in our criminal justice system, exposing how injustice occurs when fear of terrorism distorts the objectivity of the prosecution process. -- Sir Geoffrey Bindman, civil liberties solicitor The innocent suspects in Archer's shocking but highly insightful book live in a world of deep suspicion. This world is prepared to utilise information extracted under torture, to inflate and conflate the threat of terrorism with immigration concerns and, to justify a war of occupation in response to a terrorist plot that only ever existed in the imagination of a government - a government that lied to its own people and forgot to admit it. It is left up to decent men like Lawrence Archer to help pick up the pieces of the lives shattered by this unjust process. -- Moazzam Begg, Director of Cageprisoners Gripping! I couldn't put it down. In telling it like it is, Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon have provided some reparation to the innocent Algerians caught up in one of the UK's most controversial anti-terrorist trials. These Algerians are still fighting to this day to establish that they are not the 'enemy aliens' of popular myth, but impoverished exiles struggling to survive in a crushing, hostile world. -- Liz Fekete, author of A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto Press, 2009)
    Table of contents
    Foreword by Michael Mansfield QC Dramatis Personae Timeline Significant Addresses Introduction 1: The Trial 2: The Road from Algeria to the UK 3: Everything Changes on 9/11 4: Mohammed Meguerba 5: Arrests 6: Kamel Bourgass 7: What Ricin? 8: Backlash 9: Legacy References Index