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Moazzam Begg to be freed as prosecutors drop terror charges

• http://www.theguardian.com

The prosecution of former Guantánamo inmate Moazzam Begg has dramatically collapsed after the police and crown prosecutors were handed secret intelligence material which undermined the terrorism case against him.

Five days before Begg was due to go on trial on a string of terrorism charges, prosecutors announced at the Old Bailey on Wednesday that they had "recently become aware of relevant material" which obliged them to offer no evidence.

The judge entered a formal verdict of not guilty and ordered that Begg be set free immediately from Belmarsh high security prison.

Police sources said the decision was taken following the receipt of intelligence material two months ago, and the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement: "If we had been made aware of all of this information at the time of charging, we would not have charged."

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