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Three found guilty of terror plot

The World Today - Tuesday, 9 September , 2008 12:30:00

Reporter: Emma Alberici

ELEANOR HALL: Three men in Britain have been found guilty of plotting a one of the world's biggest
terrorist attacks.

They were part of a group that was charged with trying to bring down seven airlines using homemade
liquid bombs.

The trial led to the complete overhaul of procedures at London's Heathrow Airport, as Europe
Correspondent Emma Alberici reports.

EMMA ALBERICI: The prosecution had argued that the eight British Muslims had intended to kill more
than 1,500 people on flights between the UK and America.

Islamist extremist Abdulla Ahmed Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in a terrorist
plot using homemade hydrogen peroxide bombs disguised as soft drink. But the jury couldn't find
enough evidence to suggest he was intending to bring the explosives specifically on to aircraft

Ali and co-defendants Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain admitted plotting to detonate a small device
at Heathrow's Terminal Three because it was used by several American airlines.

The British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said after today's convictions that by disrupting the
plans of the three men, police and security services had saved countless lives.

JACQUI SMITH: I welcome the conclusion of this trial, in which three individuals have been
convicted of conspiracy to murder. These three had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an
explosion and along with four others to lesser offences.

EMMA ALBERICI: Their arrest led to chaos at airports across Britain with new measures in reaction
to their capture implemented overnight.

(Sound of an airport)

EMMA ALBERICI: Passengers were no longer allowed to carry more than 100 mills of liquid. Perfumes,
body creams, drinks and the like are banned, only enough baby food and drink for the flight was
permitted and even then it had to be tested by the parents in front of security personnel.

(Excerpt from video)

ABDULLA AHMED ALI: Our (inaudible) is to punish and humiliate the (inaudible) and to teach them a
lesson that they will never forget.

EMMA ALBERICI: Undercover police had been watching Ali, an unemployed former shop worker, as he
used cash to purchase a $300,000 apartment in London used as a location to record martyrdom videos

(Excerpt from video)

ABDULLA AHMED ALI: Leave our land, or you will be destroyed, and now the time has come for you to
be destroyed. You have nothing but to expect a volcano of anger and revenge erupting amongst your

EMMA ALBERICI: A secret bug was planted in his apartment that revealed it was converted into a bomb
factory, where Ali met others who helped him build the explosive devices.

One of the men charged was cleared of all offences, and the jury wasn't able to reach a verdict on
any of the conspiracy to murder charges for the four remaining men, including Umar Islam who, along
with the other three, was charged with conspiracy to cause a public nuisance with this video.

(Excerpt from video)

UMAR ISLAM: Death and destruction will pass on you're like a tornado, I warn you today so tomorrow
you have no cause for complaints. Remember, as you kill us, you will be killed, and as you bomb us,
you will be bombed.

EMMA ALBERICI: Sentencing will take place at a later date. In London, this is Emma Alberici for The
World Today.