British Airways computer expert convicted on terrorism charges
Feb 28, 2011, 18:12 GMT
London - A court in London found a former British Airways computer expert who had plotted to blow up an aeroplane guilty of terror charges Monday.
Rajib Karim, 31, used his position to access sensitive information and share it with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki using sophisticated encryption methods, according to the Press Association. The police needed nine months to decrypt hundreds of coded messages.
Karim, a Bangladeshi national who moved to Newcastle, in northern England, in 2006, was described in court as being committed to an 'extreme jihadist cause' and ready to become a martyr.
According to Colin Gibbs, counterterrorism lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, Karim planned to enrol as cabin crew.
Karim denied all four charges brought against him.
The sentence is due March 18.
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