Three more in court over transatlantic bomb plot

AFP European Edition

Oct 05, 2009 20:00 EDT

Three alleged Islamist extremists appeared in court Tuesday accused of conspiring with the jailed ringleader of a plot to blow up transatlantic jets in 2006.

Adam Khatib, 22, Mohammed Shamin Uddin, 39, and Nabeel Hussain, 25, were willing to "do their bit" within the plot to blow up airliners led by Abdulla Ahmed Ali, a jury was told.

Each of the three "was prepared to help in the commission of terrorist acts and indeed did so," said prosecutor Peter Wright, opening the case at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.

Three British Muslims were jailed for life last month for the transatlantic bomb plot, involving near-simultaneous Al-Qaeda-inspired suicide attacks at aimed at an atrocity on on the scale of September 11.

Ringleader Ali, 28, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 40-year term. Assad Sarwar, 29, was jailed for at least 36 years, while fellow plotter Tanvir Hussain, 28, Ali's right-hand man, must serve at least 32 years.

In the new court case Khatib is charged with conspiracy to murder with the three jailed men, as well as "persons unknown."

"He was a young man seeking to play his part in conspiring to bring about murder of innocent civilians by taking part in a plot to murder," Wright told the court.

"During 2006 Adam Khatib was involved with Mr Ali in seeking to bring about a deadly attack upon the civilian population by the detonation of improvised explosive devices," the prosecutor said.

Uddin is charged with preparing terrorism, researching the use and purchase of hydrogen peroxide and possessing materials that could be used for terrorism. He met Ali four times in July and August 2006.

Wright said Uddin was a "radicalised and committed Islamist."

Hussain is accused of preparing for terrorism by meeting Ali twice in July 2006, and of possessing items including mobile phones for use in terrorism.

"It is consistent, we say, with the type of field craft which is of use if one is engaged in terrorist activity and wishes to maintain a degree of secrecy about their conduct," said the prosecutor.

All three deny the charges against them. The trial continues Wednesday.

Source: AFP European Edition


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