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Iraqi physician found guilty in Glasgow, London bomb plots

AFP , LONDON

An Iraqi doctor was found guilty yesterday by a London court of trying to murder hundreds of people in failed attacks in London and Glasgow last year.

British-born Bilal Abdulla, 29, was also found guilty of conspiracy to cause explosions, while his co-defendant Mohammed Asha, a 28-year-old Jordanian neurologist, was cleared on both counts.

The Iraqi, who faces a life sentence, had admitted to Woolwich Crown Court in London that he was a “terrorist,” but accused the British government of terrorism too and maintained that he was not trying to kill or injure anyone.

Lawyers for Asha had said that he would not have fitted in with the alleged attackers because he was too brainy, arguing that Abdulla and another man looked down on him because of his concentration on his work.

After 24 hours and 15 minutes of deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men rejected Abdulla’s defense and found Asha to have known nothing of his friend’s plans.

Abdulla will be sentenced today. Asha faces deportation.

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