October 3, 2008

Doctors on Trial Over Glasgow Airport Attack


TWO NHS doctors went on trial yesterday accused of plotting the terrorist car-bomb attacks on Glasgow Airport and London last year.

Mohammed Jamil Asha, a 28-year-old Jordanian, and Bilal Abdullah, 29, from Iraq, are accused of planning an attack in Haymarket, central London, on June 29 in which an unexploded car bomb packed with gas cylinders and nails was found outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub.

The following day, Saturday June 30, two men crashed a flaming Jeep Cherokee loaded with gas canisters and gasoline into security barriers at Glasgow airport's main terminal causing extensive damage but no injuries.

Kafeel Ahmed, 27, was driving the Jeep which crashed into the terminal building. Ahmed, an engineer who rented a home in Houston, Renfrewshire, was badly injured in the blaze and died in hospital in Glasgow a month later. with third-degree burns to 90per cent of his body.

Mr Abdullah was arrested at the scene after the burning Jeep was driven against the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport where several bystanders, including baggage handler John Smeaton, tackled the attackers to the ground.

Mr Asha, of Newcastleunder-Lyme, Staffordshire, was arrested on the M6 n Cheshire later that day.

Both men worked as doctors in the NHS - Mr Abdullah at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley and Mr Asha as a neurologist at the North Staffordshire Hospital.

Mr Asha, of Sunningdale Grove, Newcastle-underLyme, Staffordshire, and Mr Abdullah, of the Halls of Residence, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corsebar Road, Paisley, are accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions between January 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007.

Both men have formally entered not guilty pleas to both charges. Several days of legal argument are expected at Woolwich Crown Court before the case gets under way before Mr Justice Mackay, in a trial expected to last at least 12 weeks.

The Glasgow Airport attack occurred on the first Saturday of the school holidays, a busy period for the airport.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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