UK 2006 Liquid Explosives Plot Trial Overview

Monday, September 8, 2008

"...the men planned to inflict heavy casualties, 'all in the name of Islam'. 'These men were, we say, indifferent to the carnage that was likely to ensue. Some of the men you see in the dock are those who were prepared to sacrifice their own lives.'"

Peter Wright, QC
Prosecutor of the eight UK plot suspects.

September 7, 2009

After a retrial, three men who were originally found guilty in September 2008 of conspiracy to commit murder have now been convicted of plotting to use liquid explosives to blow up airplanes from Heathrow airport to the United States.

One of the other defendants, Umar Islam, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder. The jurors couldn't decide if he knew of the specific targets in the plot in 2006.

Three others, Arafat Khan, Ibrahim Savant and Waheed Zaman, were found not guilty of conspiracy to blow up aircraft after the jurors were unable to reach a verdict. They would be retried on the more general conspiracy to murder charge.

To read more about the verdicts and the plots and view videos of the potential of liquid explosives to inflict damage on an airplane, click below.

September 8, 2008

The verdict is in for the 2006 trans-Atlantic liquid explosives terror trial in the United Kingdom. Three of the eight men on trial, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.

One of the defendants was acquitted of all charges, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining four.

During the six-month trial, the jury heard evidence from prosecutors that the eight men were planning to carry liquid explosives on to planes at London's Heathrow airport destined for the United States and Canada, knowing the devices would evade airport security protocols.

To read more about the trial, click here and here.

August 6, 2008

The jury in the London Bomb plot trial is in its 10th day of deliberation.

The judge reassured the jury members early in the deliberation phase that there is no time pressure and they can take as long as needed to consider the case.

The trial judge warned jurors to discount all outside influences. He urged them to ignore the repercussions of their verdicts, either on the defendants and their families or from the media and public, and to focus solely on the issue of whether there was a conspiracy to commit murder. They must not let their decisions be tainted by whether any conspiracy would have been successful or by their personal opinions about British and US foreign policy.

All eight men on trial deny two charges of conspiracy to murder, but three of the eight defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions. Seven of the eight have also admitted to conspiring to cause a public nuisance by making videos threatening bombings; however one defendant has claimed that the recorded martyrdom videos were created as a hoax to be used in an internet documentary.

To read the BBC's full coverage of this topic, click here and here.

July 14, 2008

This week, three of the men accused in the planning of the UK bomb plot pled guilty to conspiring to cause explosions. The men admitted they planned to set off bombs in Parliament and one said the bombs would be used on passenger airplanes. In addition, they and two more defendants also admitted to publishing videos threatening bombings.

To read the full BBC article click here.

June 16, 2008

On June 11, 2008 Assad Sarwar, a British Muslim accused of planning the 2006 liquids plot, told a court he carried out research on the internet to identify Birmingham International Airport as a possible target. He admitted to purchasing and hiding materials to manufacture an explosive device designed to have the "hallmark of an al Qaida attack."

Click here to read the full article.

June 9, 2008

The trial continues with the questioning of the supposed ringleader of the transatlantic terror plot, defendant Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC questioned Mr. Ali about contradictions that have emerged in the case since the suspected men involved were arrested in August 2006.

To read the full article, click here.

June 4, 2008

Briton Admits to Plot to Set Off Explosives at Heathrow Airport

LONDON - A British man accused of leading a plot to blow up as many as seven trans-Atlantic airliners on a single day in 2006 said in a London court on Tuesday that he had planned to set off one or two explosive devices at Heathrow Airport, but that he had never intended to place them on aircraft.

The man, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, is one of eight Muslim men on trial on charges of planning suicide attacks on airliners using bombs mixed from household chemicals carried on board. Mr. Ali said the plan had been to "create a disturbance" outside one of the American airlines' offices at Heathrow's Terminal 3 that would attract "a lot of attention" to Muslim militants' opposition to British and American policy in Iraq and Afghanistan and to a video documentary his group planned to place on YouTube.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to "commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft." All have denied the accusations. The trial is expected to last eight months.

Click here to read the entire story from the New York Times.