A Sheffield man has been cleared of a plot to murder his arch enemy in Pakistan.
Wahseem Fazal, aged 32, had been accused along with four other men of plotting to hire a hitman and gun down Zahid Rehman.
Sheffield Crown Court had previously heard that Fazal had planned to carry out the hit in Pakistan while Mr Rehman was there in September 2013, so he would be out of the jurisdiction of UK authorities.
But Fazal, of Slayleigh Lane, Fulwood, was cleared of conspiracy to murder by a judge part way through a trial last month.
Fazal’s co-defendants Imran Shaukat, aged 34, whose address was given as HMP Doncaster; Fakhar Shah, 50, of School Road, Beighton; Syed Hussain, 43, of Ilford, Essex; and Tariq Sarwar, 45, also of Ilford, Essex, were also formally acquitted of their alleged parts in the conspiracy.
Gavin Hotchkiss, reviewing lawyer, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “The acquittal of these defendants came after all of the prosecution and defence evidence had been heard.
“The Judge made a legal ruling and decided that there was insufficient evidence to put before a jury to convict the defendants of an offence of conspiracy to murder.”