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British Police Criticized After Release of Men Arrested in Anti-Terror Raid


A member of the official body that oversees London's police is criticizing the force's anti-terror operations.

Metropolitan Police Authority member Murad Qureshi Saturday said he believes the police made a series of mistakes related to a raid on a house in London earlier this month. He said those mistakes range from how evidence was collected to how the suspects were treated.

Qureshi's interview with British radio follows the release Friday evening of the two men who were arrested in that June 2 raid.

Some 250 officers stormed an east London row house that allegedly contained bomb-making materials. Two Muslim brothers were arrested. One of them was shot during the raid.

Lawyers for the two have denied they had any involvement in terrorism.

The men were released hours after a Muslim group staged a demonstration outside the police station near the London house.

British authorities have defended their actions, but have apologized for the disruption caused by the raid.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.