Bangladeshi BA worker jailed for 30 years for conspiring with Al Qaeda to blow up flight

March 19th, 2011 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 19 (ANI): A convicted British Airways computer expert from Bangladesh has been jailed for 30 years for plotting to launch a 9/11-style terror attack from Britain after conspiring with radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Thirty-one-year-old Rajib Karim was found guilty of four counts of planning terrorism last month.

Among numerous plots to bring down the airline, Karim hoped he could exploit industrial action by staff to become a cabin crewmember and cause an explosion on a U.S.-bound flight, the Daily Mail reports.

Sentencing him at Woolwich Crown Court, judge Justice Calvert-Smith said they were offences “of the utmost gravity”.

The judge recommended that Karim should be automatically deported after he has completed his sentence, adding that the Bangladeshi expert had “worked incessantly to further terrorist purposes” while leading a quiet and unobtrusive lifestyle.

“The offences were of the utmost gravity. You are and were a committed jihadist who understood his duty to his religion involves fighting and, God-willing, dying and then being rewarded in the afterlife,” The judge to Karim.

The Asian privately-educated IT expert who moved with his wife and son to Newcastle in 2006, had previously admitted being involved in the production of a terrorist group’s video, fundraising and volunteering for terror attacks abroad.

Karim was reportedly lured into becoming an avid supporter of the extremist organisation Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) by his younger brother Tehzeeb. (ANI)

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