Guilty, guilty, guilty!
Please find a nice prison for a long time....
Three friends of the leader of the airline bomb plot were convicted today of terrorist offences connected to the plan to commit mass murder in the skies.
Adam Khatib, 22, was found guilty of conspiring with Abdulla Ahmed Ali to detonate suicide bombs onboard transatlantic airliners flying from London to the United States and Canada.
A jury at Woolwich Crown Court also found Nabeel Hussain, 25, guilty of acts preparatory to terrorism and convicted Mohammed Shamin Uddin, 39, of possessing a document likely to be useful to terrorists.
The three men were convicted at the end of an eight-week trial which was told by the prosecution that they helped Ali and his terror cell as they prepared for their suicide mission.
The plot was thwarted in August 2006 after intensive surveillance by the police and intelligence services, as plans for the attacks were being finalised.
After the capture in Pakistan of a key link man between al-Qaeda leaders and Ali’s group in east London, police moved swiftly to arrest the group.
The discovery of their plan to use bottle bombs to bring down aircraft led to a security clampdown which temporarily paralysed global air travel and continues to cause restrictions on carrying liquids on board airliners.
Khatib, a factory worker who was aged 19 at the time of the plot, was a potential suicide bomber who was willing to board one of the seven planes targeted in the plot.
He had been with Ali in Pakistan, and police found a tourist map of Lahore bearing Khatib’s fingerprints alongside those of the plot leader and another of the cell ringleaders Assad Sarwar.
Scientific evidence also linked Khatib to the group’s “bomb factory”, a flat in Walthamstow, east London, where the plotters experimented with making liquid bombs and recorded martyrdom videos.
Khatib was seen at the flat just a day after it was bought. A bugged conversation at the flat recorded Ali taking about “Adam” as a potential suicide bomber.
Peter Wright QC, for the prosecution, said Khatib’s presence at the flat was an “indication as to his level of responsibility within the plot”.