Issues Julia Michaels
18 March 2011, 09:59
A man from Newcastle who worked as a computer expert with British Airways has been jailed for 30 years for planning a 9/11 style terror attack
31 year old rajib Karim wanted to use his position at the airline to plant a bomb on a plane as part of a conspiracy with Anwar Al-Awlaki, a notorious radical preacher associated with al Qaida.
Karim hoped he could exploit industrial action by staff to become a cabin crew member and cause an explosion on a US-bound flight.
He was found guilty last month of four counts of planning terrorism.
Sentencing him at Woolwich Crown Court, judge Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said they were offences ``of the utmost gravity''.
The judge recommended that Karim be automatically deported after he has completed his sentence.
He told Karim that he ``worked incessantly to further terrorist purposes'' while leading a quiet and unobtrusive lifestyle.
The judge said: ``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.''
He accepted that Karim was more of ``a follower than a leader''.
But added: ``I have to sentence on the basis that he meant what he said.''