A man is due in court in connection with the suspected car bomb attempts in London and at Glasgow airport.
Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah, 27, will appear before Westminster magistrates in London, charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.He is the first person charged over the suspected attack attempts. The charge carries a maximum life sentence.
Originally posted by TheAntidote
The whole thing reeks more of the UK government trying desperately to remind their people that there are "terrorists" in their midst, and thus whatever atrocitites their troops are comitting in Iraq and Afghanistan are justified. Just like their pathetic attempt at fooling the world with the botched "airline hijack plot" at Heathrow a while back. Didn't buy that for a nanosecond. Yes, yes amigos...keep the people afraid and they will dance to your tune.
An NHS doctor has been convicted of plotting to bring chaos and murder to London and Glasgow Airport by setting off massive car bombs.
A jury at Woolwich Crown Court found Bilal Abdulla guilty of plotting the home-made bomb attacks in 2007.
Another NHS doctor, Mohammed Asha, was cleared of helping Abdulla and a second attacker, Kafeel Ahmed.
Ahmed died following the Glasgow attack on 30 June 2007, a day after he and Abdulla had attacked London's West End.
Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw told the jury the men had been intent on "committing murder on an indiscriminate and wholesale scale" in attacks that would occur without warning, spreading panic among the public.
The first attack involved two failed car bombs left in London's West End. Then a burning Jeep filled with gas canisters was driven into Glasgow Airport on its busiest day of the year.
In each case, said prosecutors, it was good fortune alone that there had been no loss of life.
Abdulla, an Iraqi who was born in the UK, was one of two bombers along with Kafeel Ahmed. The 29-year-old was arrested near the Jeep at Glasgow Airport terminal building.
Detectives believe the Glasgow attack was a suicide bomb attempt on holidaymakers in the wake of the two botched attacks on London.
Abdulla admitted in court that he was "a terrorist" as defined by English law. He went on to say he believed the British government and Army could equally be accused of terrorism for their actions in Iraq.
The jury at Woolwich Crown Court found Abdulla guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. He faces a life sentence.
Dr Asha, 28, a neurologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, admitted knowing the two bombers but denied any knowledge of their attacks. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.