9 Jul 2010

Britons found guilty in suicide bomb plot

5:55 am on 9 July 2010

Three British men have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder as part of an Islamic militant cell planning terrorist attacks.

Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman had been recruited by an al Qaeda-inspired cell that had plotted to blow up transatlantic airliners bound for North America in 2006.

Twelve people have now been convicted in connection with the plot that led to extra security checks at airports worldwide and tight restrictions on passengers carrying liquids onto planes.

The three convicted on Thursday had faced two previous trials in 2008 and 2009. A jury at their first trial failed to agree on a verdict. They were acquitted at the second trial of knowing that the plot was targeting planes.

Prosecutors made the unusual decision to push for a third trial where the three faced a broader charge of conspiracy to murder, replacing the previous charge of plotting to kill people on airliners.

The men, convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court in east London, were to be sentenced on Friday and face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.