Feeds

Brit trio convicted for liquid bomb terror plot

Conspiracy to commit murder - not bomb planes

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Three of eight British men accused of plotting to blow up seven trans-Atlantic airliners using liquid explosives were convicted today of conspiracy to commit murder.

The jury, however, didn't find any of the men guilty of the actual headline-grabbing charges that lead to a worldwide clamp-down on liquids in carry-on baggage.

Guilty verdicts were returned Monday against Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27; Assad Sarwar, 28; and Tanvir Hussain, 27 of conspiracy to commit murder.

Ali, Sarwar, and Hussain admitted to plotting to detonate an explosive device at Heathrow's terminal three because it was used by several US airlines, according to The Guardian.

The jury didn't reach verdicts against any of the eight men on the plane-bombing charges. No verdicts were reached against the other four men accused of the plot: Umar Islam, 30; Arafat Waheed Khan 26; Ibrahim Savant, 27; and Waheed Zaman, 24.

Mohammad Gulzar, 27, who Scotland Yard accused of being a ringleader in the plot, was cleared of all offenses.

During the lengthy trial, prosecutors claimed the men planned to detonate explosives consisting of a chemical mixture inside 500ml Lucozade and Oasis bottles. Authorities claim if the plot was successful, more than 1,500 people would have been killed.

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement, "The prosecution is considering a request for retrial in respect of the plot to blow up airliners against all seven men upon which the jury could not agree."

The judge set a December 26 deadline for a retrial decision. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.