Three men were cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday of an alleged plot to supply terror-ists with radioactive material which could be used in bombs.
The trio were allegedly caught in a sting operation involving News of the World investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood - known as the "fake sheikh".
Roque Fernandes, aged 44, of De Havilland Road, Edg-ware, Dominic Martins, aged 45, of Du Cros Drive, Stan-more, and Abdurahman Kanyare, aged 53, of Milling Road, Edgware, all north-west London, had denied two charges of conspiring to set up funding or property for terrorism, and one of having an article "a highly dangerous mercury based substance" for terrorism.
They were freed after the jury returned their verdicts after deliberating for nearly two weeks.
Justice had gone "out of the window" in a bid to sell newspapers, according to Stephen Solley QC, defending Martins.
Mr Solley maintained that a witness in the case - known only as B, to protect his identity - had deliberately misled the three men into agreeing a deal they woulnd not had they known the truth.
The prosecution had alleged that the three became involved because of the prospect of making money and knew that terrorists would be interested.
Mark Ellison, prosecuting said a meeting in September 2004 had been set up by Mazher Mahmood.
He had been contacted by Mr B, who had turned to the newspaper after being disappointed with the response he received after reporting Martins to police, said Mr Ellison.
Mr Ellison said that journalist Mahmood was introduced to the men as being someone who had Red Mercury to sell.