London: A Briton who was part of a terror
cell run from Pakistan, was on Wednesday found guilty of conspiracy
to murder over a foiled plot to blow up passenger jets bound
for North America in 2006.
Adam Khatib, 22, was convicted by a majority of 11 jurors
to one following an eight-week trial at the Woolwich Crown
Khatib was accused of conspiring with Abdulla Ahmed Ali,
who was the mastermind behind the plot.
Ali was jailed for a minimum of 40 years in September
after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to murder by
planning suicide attacks on mid-air transatlantic aircraft.
Three other men, Assad Sarwar, Tanvir Hussain and Umar
Islam, were also convicted in September of playing key roles
in the plot.
Prosecutors said Khatib had been prepared to help Ali
although they acknowledged he may not have known all details
of the plan.
New restrictions for air passengers, including
prohibition on taking liquids on board, were instituted after
the plot was uncovered.
First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 00:23