Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man Faces Suicide Bombings Charge; BA Worker in Court

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man Faces Suicide Bombings Charge; BA Worker in Court

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Byline: ADAM JUPP

THIS is a court artist's impression of the British Airways worker facing terrorism charges.

BA computer expert Rajib Karim, from Newcastle, who allegedly planned to take advantage of a strike by cabin crew as part of a terror plot, has appeared in court.

Bangladesh-born Karim faces three charges under counter terrorism legislation, including two counts of planning suicide bombings and his own martyrdom.

It is alleged the 30-year-old came to Britain, obtained a passport and secured a job at the airline as part of the conspiracy. One charge involves the UK and the other alleges that he plotted with contacts in his home country, Pakistan and Yemen.

Prosecutor Colin Gibbs told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court the charge sheet alleges he shared information about his work, including security measures, and offered to take advantage of planned strikes by BA staff to join the airline's cabin crew.

The computer expert also faced a third charge alleging he collected money and transferred it through trusted associates and wire services to terrorist associates overseas. …

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