BREAKING NEWS: Islamic extremist found guilty of airline bomb plot
From The London Evening Standard. I expected a verdict fairly quickly.
Islamic extremist Abdulla Ahmed Ali was today found guilty of conspiring to murder thousands in an unprecedented airline bomb plot.
The 28-year-old was the leader of an east London al Qaida-inspired terror cell, a Woolwich Crown Court jury found.
He planned to detonate home-made liquid bombs in suicide attacks on transatlantic aircraft bound for major north American cities.
Ali was responsible for the most complex and daring British-based terrorist conspiracy in modern times.
British-born Ali, of (Prospect Hill) Walthamstow, was inspired by the July 7 bombers and Osama bin Laden and considered taking his baby son on his suicide mission.
He planned to smuggle home-made bombs disguised as soft drinks on to passenger jets run by United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada.
Ali singled out seven flights to San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago that departed within two-and-a-half hours of each other.
Ali and others to record suicide videos threatening further attacks against the West.
In his video Ali warned the British public to expect "floods of martyr operations" that would leave body parts scattered in the streets.
Update - all three convicted.
Three Islamist extremists were convicted this afternoon of plotting to murder thousands of passengers in suicide attacks on flights from Heathrow to America and Canada.
Ali had been trained in Pakistan alongside 7/7 suicide bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer and was also linked to the failed 21/7 bombers. Some of the gang made martyrdom videos which were played to the court.
The three were described by prosecutor Peter Wright QC as having “the cold-eyed certainty of the fanatic”.
The jury watched videos of Ali, Hussain, Savant, Khan, Islam and Zaman, claiming responsibility for the forthcoming suicide attack, and justifying the deaths of Western civilians.
. . .modified Lucozade and Oasis bottles and batteries were found in a bomb factory in Forest Road, Walthamstow, used by Abdulla Ahmed Ali and Hussain.
In court Ali, Sarwar and Hussain claimed they were merely planning to set off small, non-lethal devices in a public place to alarm the public and gain publicity for an anti-war documentary film.
Hussain, Savant, Khan, Islam and Zaman said they were recruited by Ali as “actors” for the film — playing suicide bombers in “mock” martyrdom videos.
The gang's ringleader had direct links to the failed July 21 bombers.
Phone records showed that two months before the failed attacks on the London transport network in 2005, Ali was in touch with 21/7 leader Muktar Said Ibrahim.
Both men had also been in Pakistan for training at the same time as 7/7 suicide bombers Sidique Khan and Tanweer. Ali was in Pakistan when both the 7 July and 21 July attacks were launched.
Anti-terrorist detectives believe he was picked out to lead a far more ambitious operation.
Adina Ezekiel, for the prosecution, said they would announce a decision on whether they would seek a re-trial of Savant, Khan, Zaman and Islam at a later date.
I find uncomfortable to know that such evil was plotted in houses a stones throw from my old home, in comfortable neat little houses nearly identical to the one where I spent my adolescence. Thank God they were intercepted this time.
Posted on 09/07/2009 9:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax