Magdy al-Nashar betegnes som briljant, men det er neppe uforenlig med å være terrorist. Egypts forsikringer om hans uskyld smaker av nasjonal stolthet. Det er funnet sprengstoff i hans leilighet i Leeds. Ti kilo som politiet tror tilhørte en 5. selvmordsbomber, som fikk kalde føtter. Al Nashar kan bli tatt i flere uoverensstemmelser:
He had left Leeds on another occasion recently, telling friends that he was visiting Ireland to be interviewed for a university post. On his return, he said that he had been beaten to the position by a highly able Chinese man. University College, Dublin, said that it had no recollection of him. Neither Trinity College nor Dublin City University could confirm or deny whether he had applied.