Just a couple of days after BBC3 screened its documentary ‘7/7 Bombings: Conspiracy Road Trip’, The Telegraph and Argus brings us the news that two Bradford residents arrested in September – Saeed Muhammed Ahmed and Naeem Muhammed Ahmed, 20 and 19 years old respectively who both live in the Little Horton area of the city – are to appear in London tomorrow in connection with terror charges arising from an investigation conducted by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit. Moreover, “A 16-year-old boy from the Little Horton area has been bailed pending further inquiries.”
Both Ahmeds are being charged under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, with S.M. having been “charged with seven offences of collecting records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”. N.M Ahmed was charged with only four offences. Quite how serious these alleged offences were remains to be seen, as the information provided thus far is rather vague and does not indicate how far down the line, if at all, they were with respect to planning or aiding a terror attack. However, we can be fairly certain that the conspiracy theorists who believe that 7/7 was “a state conspiracy” will not be persuaded either of the guilt or the self-professed motivations of these men should they be sentenced.