Britain Opens Public Inquest Into 2005 London Terrorist Attacks

An inquiry into the 2005 London suicide bombings opened Monday. The hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice are expected to last five months and will look at whether the emergency services’ response was adequate and whether the intelligence services and police could have prevented the attacks. The inquest was delayed pending the prosecution of three people accused of helping the attackers choose their targets. They were found innocent last year, clearing the way for these proceedings to begin.

British inquests are fact-finding inquiries that take place when a
person dies violently or under unusual circumstances. They can’t
establish civil or criminal liability, but in this case the
investigation will give families of victims the chance to ask officials
if more could have been done to prevent the attacks.

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