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UK Muslim Adam Khatib found guilty of airline bomb plot

December 9, 2009

Man guilty of airline bomb plot

The Metropolitan Police (London) [New Scotland Yard] Bulletin

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December 2009

A 23-year-old man was today, 9 December, found guilty of conspiring with the airline bomb plotters to murder people. Adam Khatib plotted with Abdullah Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain to murder persons unknown between January and August 2006.

He was found guilty of conspiring together with the three - and with Umar Islam, who was found guilty of conspiracy to murder in an earlier trial - at Woolwich Crown Court.

Another man, Nabeel Hussain, who met with Ahmed Ali Khan, just weeks before officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command made arrests in August 2006, was found guilty of a terrorist offence. Hussain, 25, of Chingford, was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation to commit acts of terrorism, or assisting another to commit such acts. He met with Ali on two occasions in July 2006. He also possessed a Will that contemplated a violent death and had a number of mobile phones, SIM cards and top-up cards and had applied for a 25,000 loan from a bank.

Mohammed Shamim Uddin, 39, of Stoke Newington, was found guilty of possessing records containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Uddin was found not guilty of two other terrorist charges.

The three men will be sentenced tomorrow (10/12/09).

DAC John McDowall, head of the MPS Counter Terrorism Command and Senior National Coordinator Counter Terrorism, said: "Adam Khatib may not have known the full extent of the plan being hatched by his co-conspirators, but he certainly knew that they had murder in mind. He was a footsoldier to Abdullah Ahmed Ali and was actively involved in a conspiracy to attack innocent members of the public.

"Nabeel Hussain assisted Ali and his cohorts in preparing for acts of terrorism. Both men are committed terrorists who met Ali when he was furthering his plans to blow up transatlantic aircraft. Hussain even contemplated losing his life in an act of martyrdom and had made a Will expressing a willingness to die a violent death."

Khatib was arrested overnight on the 9th and 10th August 2006 in his bedroom in Walthamstow. Searches uncovered a handwritten list of chemical ingredients, which had his fingerprints on it. It contained all the necessary ingredients for the manufacture of home made explosives.

Nabeel Hussain had been contacted by Ali using a calling card, which was only used to contact him and Assad Sarwar, one of the three men convicted of conspiracy to murder on board aircraft earlier this year.

Following Hussain's arrest, officers found a number of SIM and phone cards. These had been used to make and receive phone calls from Ali, Tanvir Hussain and Adam Khatib, amongst others.

Surveillance officers also saw Hussain meet with Ali in a Walthamstow park, where Ali had also met with Sarwar as their plans came to fruition.

A will in Nabeel Hussain's name was found during a search of his home address, in which he contemplated a violent death. It was made some time before the arrests in August, but showed an intention on his part to lose his life if and when he was called upon to do so.

Following Uddin's arrest, searches found he had information on the production of poisons and explosives, the activities of Al Qaida and acts of martyrdom.

The three men made no comment during police interviews.

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