September 18th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Men arrested in possible pope plot released, police say

Police say they have released six men arrested in connection with a possible attack on the pope.

Six men arrested on suspicion of being terrorists during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom have been freed without charges, Scotland Yard spokesman Alan Crockford said Sunday morning.

The men were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to hold them without charge for 28 days. Searches were carried out at a business in central London and at residential locations in north and east London, police said.

Five of the men were street cleaners for Westminister City Council, the borough of London that includes Parliament, Westminster Abbey and many of the city's tourist attractions, the council said.

They work for one of Westminister's contractors, Veolia Environmental Services, the council said.

Five of the men were arrested early Friday at a business on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said. A sixth man was arrested later that day.

The men are ages 26, 27, 29, 36, 40, and 50.

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  1. max

    Damn hipocrite brits..always thinking they are above everyone. The protestant church in the UK is guilty of the same crimes!! Shame on all the priest of all churchs who are guilty of these crimes to the innocent.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Evandro

    I hope the Scotland Yard pay those men a great deal of money due to this unfair and discriminatory act!

    September 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stan

    It must suck being a Muslim in the uk; racial profiling

    September 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lin

      It must suck being a muslim anywhere. But less in Saudi Arabia I suppose. Perhaps more should immigrate there than to UK. Id support that.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evandro

      @Lin Shure I bet you're gonna take their job as a street cleaner???

      September 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      It doesn't say they were Muslim.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Lin: Hmmm, well I hear what you're saying, but I think anyone should be able to live anywhere they desire to with an understanding that you speak the language, adopt the culture, become a part of the society, contribute, honor the loacl customs and don't try to impose your way of life and doing things as better or superior. If you don't like it, leave.

      I had a friend live in Saudi Arabia and he told me if I ever live there and get into trouble, well...this is what he said...if you're driving and you injure a Saudi citizen, back that car up and drive over him again. make sure he's dead, cause they gonna hang you anyway!

      September 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • moo

      @Lin, I can understand your dismay on the uncontrollable numbers of immigrants to the UK, but your phrasing sounds as though Muslims who are by law and by nature British do not deserve to be in the UK. If that's your idea then I refute it.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubba Skinner

    I agree with Stan, Evandro and Max on this. The Brits definately over reacted and it was racial profiling, IMO.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Insan Mukmin

    Simply unbelievable. Muslim countries should recall their ambassadors from the UK for treating its Muslim population like dirt.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecil

      Muslim countries should recall their citizens from the UK and not their ambassadors. Then both parties will be happy. Muslims will learn to live in their own land with their own laws and the citizens of the country in which they lived will be happy to live abide by their own countries laws. They would not need to bother about Shari Law, Suni law, Suffi law or any other alien law. They would not need to bother about extremists and terrorists who only have 5 words in their dictionary which is 'infidel, death, kill, Allah and Mohammed'.

      September 19, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DesertsMyst

    Wow 28 days without charge.... that must be insane...

    September 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. moo

    Even the commentors on this page assume they were Muslims. Just because they were held under the Terroism Act. I guarantee if they were Muslims they would have been named yet they haven't been and they have been released, they must have been Cathiolics fed up with the Pope's empty words.
    It does suck to be in a place where people are ignorant about the religion. I must say the U.K and America display ignorance about Islam beyond belief.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evandro

      They were al Algerians!

      September 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • moo

      @ Evandro
      I haven't heard that they were Algerians ANYWHERE, I live in the UK and I haven't heard anything like that, Also I have just turned off the news channel, nope, no mentions of that. Also, even if they were Algerians doesn't necessarily mean they were Muslims. There are other religions in Algeria too.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. moo

    @ Evandro
    I do apologise they were Algerians so discard the earlier part of my argument. Being Algerians doesn't necessarily mean they were Muslims. They would have been named for sure. Do you not see how the media responds to Muslims and Non- Muslims. There is a whole different rhetoric.

    September 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evandro

      I agree they could've not been muslims, but just by looking like one they would've been treated differently (Sorry if my spelling is not perfect I'm Brazilian)!

      September 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Pure Paranoia. We all were born with the right to protect ourselves. The Pope knows this and perhaps he should have walked with all of his pedophile sodomite priests as guards. This way, if they save him during an attack, during the award ceremony, they can say, "Well...we certainly saved his ass!"

    September 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roger

    September 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roger

    This one states both Muslim and Algerian:

    Not agreeing/disagreeing with anything.. just clearing up where people are getting the Muslim and Algerian descriptions...

    September 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cancer

    paranoid for sure, 7-11 street sweepers? what tipped him off?

    September 19, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. connie morrison

    Well said John. 🙂

    September 19, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. soumendra bickash dev

    Its horrifying.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Floria sigmundi

    Society as we know is still loopy. Does the pope serve a purpose?

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    September 19, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
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