Iraqi doctor found guilty of British car bomb plots
The Iraqi doctor, Bilal Abdullah, 29, leader of the attempted car bomb attack on a crowded night club in London West End was convicted by the Woolwich Crown Court. Vijay Dutt reports.world Updated: Dec 17, 2008 00:18 IST
The Iraqi doctor, Bilal Abdullah, 29, leader of the attempted car bomb attack on a crowded night club in London West End and who accompanied Bangalore-born Kafeel Ahmed in trying to ram a burning Cherokke jeep into the Glasgow airport, was convicted by the Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday.
The jury found him guilty of plotting to bring chaos and murder to London and Glasgow Airport by setting off massive car bombs in 2007. Ahmad had succumbed to 90 per cent burns.
British-born Bilal’s co-defendant Mohammed Asha, a 28-year-old Jordanian neurologist, was cleared on both counts.
Abdulla, who was arrested near the Jeep at Glasgow airport, 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. But he added he had wanted to frighten people rather than murder them.
He faces a life sentence.
First Published: Dec 17, 2008 00:10 IST