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BA worker convicted of planning terrorist attacks

A London court Monday found a Bangladeshi Islamic militant formerly employed by British Airways guilty of four counts of plotting terrorist attacks, including a plan to blow up a plane in cooperation with a radical US-Yemeni cleric.


AFP - A Bangladeshi Islamic militant working for British Airways was found guilty Monday of plotting to blow up a plane after conspiring with radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Rajib Karim, 31, was convicted of four counts of preparing terror attacks by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court in London.

He was "committed to an extreme jihadist and religious cause" and was "determined to seek martyrdom", jurors were told.

The Bangladeshi national, who moved with his wife and son to Newcastle in northeast England in 2006, had admitted being involved in the production of a terrorist group's video, fundraising and volunteering for terror abroad.

Karim, a privately-educated computer worker from a middle-class family in Dhaka, was lured into becoming a staunch supporter of a radical organisation called Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh by his younger brother, Tehzeeb.

The jury found him guilty of plotting to blow up an aircraft, sharing information of use to al-Awlaki, offering to help financial or disruptive attacks on BA and gaining a job in Britain to exploit terrorist purposes.

The prosecution said Karim started to communicate in late 2009 with al-Awlaki, who is believed to have been hiding in Yemen since 2007.

Karim, who showed no emotion as the jury delivered their verdict, had argued that he only moved to Britain to seek treatment for his son whom he feared had bowel cancer.

He will be sentenced on March 18.

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