Bomb plot Hindawi loses parole bid
Bomb plotter Nezar Hindawi, who was jailed for 45 years over his bid to blow up an Israeli airliner, has lost his bid to be released on parole, sources said.
Hindawi was jailed in 1986 after planting a bomb in his pregnant fiancee's hand luggage for a flight from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv.
He has lost his application for early release, which was referred back to the Parole Board in April last year, sources said. The 57-year-old Jordanian's release date, without parole, falls in May 2016.
The High Court in London previously declared the parole decision-making process in his case "unfair and legally flawed". Lord Justice Thomas and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies quashed refusals by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke and his predecessor Jack Straw to accept Parole Board recommendations that Hindawi should be released and deported.
The Parole Board recommended Hindawi's release and deportation to Jordan as far back as November 2009. It concluded that he presented "no more than a minimal risk to the public and his remaining risk could be safely managed".
But successive Government ministers have kept him in prison serving what is believed to be the longest specific jail term imposed by an English court. Hindawi's lawyers described them as "implacably opposed" to his early release, triggering a series of legal battles.
All parties agreed in April that the matter should go back to the Parole Board for a final decision because the Justice Secretary no longer has the power to make further decisions on Hindawi's release. The power was removed in such cases by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
Hindawi was jailed after hiding Semtex explosive in the luggage of his pregnant fiancee, Irish woman Anne-Marie Murphy, then 32, without her knowledge, but the explosives were detected and the plot was foiled - avoiding a potential loss of 375 lives. Hindawi became eligible to be considered for parole in 2001 after serving one third of his sentence.
A Parole Board spokesman said: "It is not the policy of the board to comment on or confirm its decisions or reasons in individual cases such as this."
Hindawi's lawyer Daniel Guedalla, of Birnberg Peirce & Partners, declined to comment on the result of the hearing.