British Airways worker jailed for bomb plot

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 9:42 AM

A British judge has sentenced a former British Airways computer specialist to 30 years in prison for plotting with U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane in an attack intended to kill hundreds of people.

Rajib Karim, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man, was convicted last month of four counts of engaging in preparation for terrorist attacks. He already had pleaded guilty to five other terrorism offenses, but denied plotting an attack in Britain.

Justice Calvert-Smith called Karim's offenses "of the utmost gravity" in Friday's sentencing at Woolwich Crown Court.

Prosecutors said Karim used his position at the airline to conspire with al-Awlaki, a notorious U.S.-born radical preacher associated with al-Qaida and thought to be hiding in Yemen.