A former leading member of an independence movement has been cleared of helping in the kidnapping and execution of a Birmingham-based Indian diplomat.
Ravinder Mahtre was forced into a car in Birmingham, held prisoner in a house in Alum Rock before being taken to a remote area in Leicestershire and shot more than 20 years ago.
The city's crown court heard that those responsible for the abduction and killing called themselves the Kashmiri Liberation Army who wanted independence for the state of Kashmir from India.
Ransom notes were sent to newspapers and agencies demanding £ 1 million in return for the diplomat's release but no money was paid.
It was alleged that Mohammed Mirza, aged 50, formerly of Naseby Road, Alum Rock, played his part in the "act of terrorism" before fleeing abroad.
But a jury acquitted him of charges of murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
He had told the court that after the killing he had gone to Kashmir on family business and denied any involvement.