Nov 30 2010
Bangladesh-born Rajib Karim, 31, also is charged with passing information about the airline’s weaknesses to his fellow Muslim terrorists.
UK DAILY MAIL– A British Airways computer expert who is alleged to have offered himself as a suicide bomber appeared in court today to deny terrorism charges. Rajib Karim, 31, of Newcastle upon Tyne, remains in custody and is due to go on trial on January 24 at Woolwich Crown Court in south east London.
Bangladesh-born Karim appeared via videolink today at the Old Bailey where he pleaded not guilty to two charges of preparing for terrorism. Each count covers the period from April 13 2006 to February 26 2010 and includes the allegation that he ‘offered to be a martyr or suicide bomber’.
The first charge alleges that he engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorism, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, including that he ‘incited the giving of permission to carry out terrorist acts in the United Kingdom’.
Karim is also said to have offered to travel to Yemen or Pakistan to carry out terrorism training, and to have advised about potential recruits to commit terrorist acts in the UK.
Also among the conduct said to form part of the allegation was that he stayed in the UK long enough to obtain a British passport.
It is further claimed that he ‘advised and counselled the commission of terrorist acts by providing information’ on topics such as such as liquids allowances on planes, airport security and scanners, and immigration questions to travellers.
He was also said to have provided details on BA computers and their vulnerability to a physical or ‘internal systems’ attack to inflict financial loss.