Bombs accused ‘told absurd lies’

A doctor accused of attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow has told “astonishing lies”, jurors have heard. Bilal Abdulla, 29, claimed he did not know Kafeel Ahmed, 28, was planning a suicide attack when a Jeep was driven into a building at Glasgow Airport. Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC told Woolwich Crown Court Mr Abdulla gave a “simply absurd” account of the June 2007 attack on the terminal building. Dr Abdulla denies conspiracies to murder and to cause explosions. In cross-examination, Mr Laidlaw said Dr Abdulla had given a “lying account” of events which “shifted the blame” for the attacks to Ahmed. It is claimed the pair planted two failed car bombs in central London the day before they drove the jeep, packed with gas canisters and petrol, into the airport. Mohammed Asha, 28, also an NHS doctor, denies funding the attacks. Mr Abdulla told the court of his changing political and religious views as an Iraqi Sunni Muslim after the two conflicts in his home country. He said: “It was after the political problems with the Shia (another branch of Islam) started and seeing the massacres that have taken place in Iraq that my views definitely hardened, like all the Sunnis of the region.”

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