Glasgow bomber gets 32-year jail term

December 17th, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 17 (IANS) Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, who along with an Indian-born accomplice staged the Glasgow airport bombings in 2007, has been jailed for 32 years.A jury at Woolwich Crown Court at the end of a nine-week trial Tuesday found him guilty of conspiracy to murder and to cause explosions. The sentence was announced Wednesday.

Justice Mackay told Abdulla he was “a religious extremist and a bigot” who held the most extreme form of Islamist views.

A jury at Woolwich Crown Court in London found 29-year-old Bilal Abdulla guilty of conspiring to murder and to cause explosions in the two separate attacks that rocked Britain just a few days after Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to power in June 2007.

An attempt to blow up a Mercedes car loaded with gas cylinders, petrol and nails outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub in London, packed with some 500 revellers, June 29, 2007, failed owing to a loose connection on the mobile phone detonators, the court heard.

Just a day later a Jeep carrying a similarly deadly cargo was rammed into the main terminal of Glasgow airport, in Scotland, in an attempted suicide attack.

Bilal was co-passenger in the jeep driven by his friend, Indian doctor Kafeel Ahmed, who died from the severe burns he sustained in the attack.

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