Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745329277 Published November 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745329284 Published November 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was

Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon

Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was

Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745329277 Published November 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745329284 Published November 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In 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.

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

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