In January 2003, the British media splashed the inside track that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda phone, poised to unharness the lethal poison ricin at the capital. Police had reportedly discovered strains of ricin, in addition to a panoply of bomb and poison-making gear within the cell’s ‘factory of loss of life’ – a shabby flat in north London. ‘This possibility is current and actual, and with us now’ introduced major minister Tony Blair.
But, whilst the ‘ricin plot’ got here to trial on the outdated Bailey, a really assorted tale emerged: there has been no ricin and no refined plot. infrequently has a criminal case been so shamelessly distorted via govt, media and protection forces to push their very own ‘tough on terror’ agendas. during this meticulously researched and compellingly written publication, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman on the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, provide the definitive tale of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.