Iraqi doctor becomes first person to be charged over UK terror plot


London : Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, who was arrested in connection with the failed UK terror plots, has been charged with "maliciously" conspiring to cause explosions.

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Abdullah, 27, who was the passenger of the burning explosives-laden jeep which was allegedly driven by Indian Kafeel Ahmed into the Glasgow Airport last Saturday, has became the first person to be charged over the botched car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow. The driver of the jeep is in hospital with life-threatening burns.

The Iraqi doctor will appear before magistrates in Westminster, central London later today. He has been charged with conspiring to cause explosions under the 1883 Explosive Substances Act, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The Iraqi doctor "unlawfully and maliciously conspired with others to cause explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom," according to the charge, which covers a period from January 1 to July 1 this year and carries a maximum sentence of life.

"Other individuals arrested by the police in connection with the bomb attacks remain in custody pending a charging decision," Susan Hemming, head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said.

She said: "We have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence against each individual in order to come to charging decisions at the earliest opportunity."