No plot against Pope during British visit, report concludes
May 17, 2011
A British government investigation into the arrest of 6 men during Pope Benedict's visit to Great Britain last September was an honest mistake.
There was never a plot against the Pontiff's life, the report finds. The 6 men--all from North African backgrounds--were taken into custody, questioned, and then released. Scotland Yard concluded that the warnings that led to their arrest had been based on a mistaken identity; one of the men had the same name as a suspect in a terrorist bombing in Madrid in 2004.
The report concluded, however, that the arrests were a proper application of anti-terrorist laws.
- 'Pope plot' men not involved in terrorism (BBC)
- No 'credible threat' against Pope; 6 men released (CWN, 9/20/10)