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Wife of suicide bomber acquitted

Bomber's brother and sister face retrial


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Sharif (right) poses with Hanif before the bomb attack.
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LONDON, England -- The wife of a Briton who attempted a suicide bombing in Israel -- accused of not alerting authorities about his bombing mission -- has been acquitted in a London court.

The brother and sister of Omar Sharif are to face a retrial at the historic Old Bailey court on the same charge after a jury failed to agree on a verdict.

Sharif was the suspected accomplice of Assif Mohammed Hanif, a fellow Briton who blew himself up and killed three people in a bomb attack on Mike's Place pub in Tel Aviv on April 30 last year.

Sharif, 27 from Derby, central England, and Asif Hanif, 21, west London, traveled to Tel Aviv to carry out the bombing.

Hanif blew himself up at the busy seafront bar, killing three people and injuring more than 60 others.

Sharif's bomb failed to go off and his body was found floating in the sea 12 days later.

Sharif's wife, Tahira Tabussum, was cleared a week ago but an order was issued banning reporting of the case until Thursday when a retrial of the other two defendants was considered.

Sharif's businessman brother Zahid Sharif and his sister Parveen Sharif, also from Derby, are charged with failure to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

Parveen, a primary school teacher, is also charged with inciting her brother to commit an act of terrorism. They both deny the charges.

Tahira Tabussum walked free from court last week when the jury of seven women and five men acquitted her after nearly 24 hours' deliberation.

She smiled and clasped her hands together but said nothing to reporters outside court.

Her solicitor Louise Christian said she just wanted to return to her home.

Judge Michael Hyam set the retrial for November 15. Neither defendant attended Thursday's 30 minute hearing. Both were granted unconditional bail in their absence.


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