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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Two doctors face car-bomb terror trial in London

Two doctors charged with trying to bomb a Glasgow airport and London’s West End will be portrayed by prosecutors as terrorists in thrall to a fundamental form of Islam, a jury in London heard Wednesday. Justice Colin Mackay also instructed jurors to set aside their prejudices and prepare for “an interesting case.” Bilal Abdulla, 29, and Mohammed Asha, 28, have been in jail awaiting trial since the abortive June 2007 attacks. The Iraqi-raised Abdulla and Asha, a Jordanian, had worked in British hospitals since 2004. Two poorly designed car bombs abandoned outside West End night spots on June 29, 2007, failed to detonate. They were discovered only accidentally — one when paramedics spotted it emitting smoke, the other after it had been towed away by traffic enforcement officials. Police said both contained drums of fuel, packs of nails, timers and detonators. The following day, an attempted suicide car-bomb attack on Glasgow International Airport caused only one death — that of attacker Kafeel Ahmed, who suffered lethal burns while trying to ignite a propane-based bomb on board his vehicle. Indian-born Ahmed was the alleged driver of the sports-utility vehicle that rammed into security barriers outside the airport, while Abdulla was the alleged passenger. Police suspect that Abdulla and Ahmed also delivered the West End car bombs. Asha was arrested hours after the Glasgow attack while driving with his wife on an English highway, and police subsequently identified him as a likely ringleader based on cell-phone and other electronic records. Shawn Pogatchnik reports.

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