Muslim doctor cleared of Glasgow plot will not be deported
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Last Updated: Friday, August 07, 2009, 22:10
London: Jordanian medic Mohammed Asha, who was accused of conspiracy in the London and Glasgow bomb plots before being exonerated by a jury, will not be deported to his native country, official sources said today.

The British government, which still maintains that the doctor posed a threat to national security, has decided to withdraw its case against him before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, they said. The next hearing was scheduled to be held in October.

At the last hearing in January, lawyers for the Home Secretary said Dr Asha was a threat to national security and should be sent back to Jordan.

The Home Office had said that Asha had provided "substantial funds" to Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, who was sentenced to 32 years in prison for conspiracy to murder in connection with the plot.

Abdulla, along with Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian hailing from Bengaluru who died in the attacks, plotted to kill hundreds of people by planting two bombs in the West End in June 2007. When that failed, they drove a jeep packed with petrol bombs and gas canisters into a terminal building at Glasgow Airport.

Asha, who was arrested a day after the failed Glasgow attack, was accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions but was cleared by the jury at Woolwich Crown Court in December last year.

According to his lawyer, Asha is determined to resume his career in the National Health Service.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 07, 2009, 22:10

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