- 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot suspects
According to British and American authorities, the
2006 transatlantic aircraft plotwas a terroristplot to detonate liquid explosives carried on board several airliners travelling from the United Kingdomto the United States. [cite web | author=Bob Sherwood and Stephen Fidler | title=MI5 tracked group for a year | publisher=Financial Times | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/cbed2e12-28b5-11db-a2c1-0000779e2340.html] On 10 August 2006, London's Metropolitan Police announced that they had arrested key suspects, all British muslims, and that the plot had been disrupted as it was "getting close to the execution phase." [cite web | author=Eric Pfanner | title=Pakistan Says It Played Key Role in Inquiry | publisher=International Herald Tribune | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/11/world/europe/11cnd-terror.html?_r=1&oref=slogin] cite web | author=BBC News | title=Ministers' statements in full | publisher=BBC News | accessdate=August 10 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4778817.stm] cite web | author=CNN.com | title=Security chief: Airline terror plot 'close to execution' | publisher=CNN | accessdate=August 10 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html] The suspects planned a rehearsal within two days of the arrests, according to United States intelligence officials. [cite web | author=Lare Jakes Jordan | title=U.S. posts code-red alert; bans liquids | publisher=AP | accessdate=August 10 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/4108668.html] Unnamed security sources said that the alleged plotters had not bought airline tickets, some did not possess passports, and the United States and United Kingdom disagreed about when to move against the suspects. [cite news | url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14320452/ | publisher= MSNBC| title=U.S., UK at odds over timing of arrests ] Arrests were also made in Pakistan.cite web | author=FOXNews.com | title=Pakistan: Suspected London Plane Terrorists Have Al Qaeda Connection | publisher=FOX News | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207898,00.html] On August 21, Scotland Yardannounced that eleven people have been charged and bomb-making equipment and martyrdom videos have been recovered.cite web | author=BBC News UK | title=Eleven charged over 'bomb plot' | publisher=BBC News UK | accessdate=August 21 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5271998.stm]
uspects arrested in the UK
Of the 25 arrests made in the UK, the names of 19 suspects, all of them living in the UK,cite web | author=BBC | title='Air plot' suspects: Names released | publisher=BBC | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4782343.stm] were formally announced when the
Financial Sanctions Unitof the Bank of Englandfroze their assets. [cite web | author=bankofengland.co.uk | title=Bank of England: Terrorist Financing 11/8/06 | publisher=Bank of England | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/news/2006/082.htm] One person was released without charge and not named. Another was arrested later but also released. The Crown Prosecution Serviceannounced on 21 Augustthat 11 of those arrested would be charged: eight with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. Two more were charged with failing to disclose information and one 17 year old with possession of articles useful to someone preparing acts of terrorism. One woman was released without charge. Brothers Mehran and Umair Hussain were released on 1 November 2006 due to insufficient evidence.cite web | author=BBC | title=Pair not to face 'air plot' trial | publisher=BBC | accessdate=November 1 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6107060.stm]
Out of the 25 who were arrested in the UK, the names of 21 were released:
Ahmed Abdullah Ali, born 10 October 1980( Walthamstow, London E17). Was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.cite press release | url=http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/pressreleases/149_06.html | title=CPS authorises charges in alleged aircraft terror plot | date= 2006-08-21| publisher= Crown Prosecution Service]
Cossor Aliborn 14 December 1982, (Walthamstow) is a 23-year old mother of an eight-month-old baby.cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5273104.stm | publisher= BBC News| title='Terror plot' suspects in court | date= 2006-08-22] She was charged with having information which she knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of another person namely, Ahmed Abdullah Ali, of an act of terrorism and failed to disclose it as soon as reasonably practicable. Contrary to Section 38B (1) (a) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Mehran Hussainwas charged with having information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of another person namely, Nabeel Hussain, of an act of terrorism and failed to disclose it as soon as reasonably practicable. He was released on 1 Novemberwhen a District Judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to try him.
Nabeel Hussain, born 10 March 1984, ( Chingford, London E4). He was charged with conspiracy to murder and terrorism on 29 August 2006.cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5297292.stm | title=Trio to appear on terror charges | date= 2006-08-30| publisher= BBC News]
Tanvir Hussain, born 21 February 1981, ( Leyton, London E10). Was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5271998.stm | title=Eleven charged over 'bomb plot' | publisher= BBC News| date= 2006-08-21]
Umair Hussain, born 9 October 1981, (Walthamstow), brother of Mehran Hussain. A hospital administrator, recently visited Pakistan with his grandmother, friends say.cite news | url=http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/08/12/terror.plot/index.html | title=Terror plot: Internet cafes raided | date= 2006-08-13| publisher= CNN.com] He was arrested on 9 Augustand charged on 24 August 2006, under section 38b of the Terrorism Act 2000 with failing to disclose information about his brother Nabeel Hussain. [ Daily Express August 25 2006] cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5283630.stm | title=Twelfth terror suspect remanded | date= 2006-08-25| publisher= BBC News] He was released on 1 Novemberwhen a District Judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to try him, although he remains on the financial sanctions list, unlike his brother who was never listed there.
Mohammed Yasar Gulzarwas charged with conspiracy to murder and terrorism on 29 August 2006.
Assan Abdullah Khan, born 24 October 1984, (Walthamstow). Assan is studying at the University of Hertfordshire.
Arafat Waheed Khan, born 18 May 1981, (Walthamstow) lived with his younger brother Assan at a semi-detached house The brothers were known locally as proficient amateur mechanics who helped to fix neighbours’ cars. Waheed is married with a baby. They prayed daily at a mosque close to their home. He was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Adam Khatib, born 7 December 1986, (Walthamstow) was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006
Abdul Muneem Patel, born 17 April 1989, ( Clapton, London E5)
Mohammed Usman Saddique, born 23 April 1982, (Walthamstow) 24, worked at his brother’s pizza restaurant. Nicknamed Uzi, he is “highly educated” and a fitness fanatic, say friends, but had a rebellious streak.Fact|date=February 2007 Police took videos and computer disks from his house.
Ibrahim Savant(formerly Oliver Savantcite news | publisher=Time | url=http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1225687,00.html | title=Profiling the Suspects: Converts to Islam | date = 2006-08-11 ] ), born 19 December 1980, (Walthamstow) was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Amin Asmin Tariq, born 7 June 1983, (Walthamstow) He is an airline employee who has a 24-hour, all-areas pass at Heathrow airport. [cite news | url=http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20223042-601,00.html | title=Flight ban extended to lippy and eyeliner | date= 2006-08-23| publisher= The Australian] He had transferred to Jet Airwaysin March 2006 from G4S. Jet Airways has suspended him pending further investigation. [cite news | url=http://www.ndtv.com/template/template.asp?template=Terrorstrikes&slug=Jet+airways+suspends+UK+terror+suspect&id=20024&callid=0&category=National | title=Jet Airways suspends UK terror suspect | publisher=NDTV | date= 2006-08-12]
Shamin Mohammed Uddin, born 22 November 1970, ( Stoke Newington, London). The former bodybuilder is understood to have suffered from mental illness after a violent assault which temporarily left him in a coma. He was charged on 29 August 2006with conspiracy to commit murder and terrorism.
Waheed Zaman, born 27 May 1984, (Walthamstow) is a final year biomedical science [cite news | url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1844721,00.html | title=My friend: the football fan who dreamed of being a doctor | work=Special Reports | publisher= The Guardian| date= 2006-08-15] student at London Metropolitan University. He is president of the college Islamic society and lives opposite the Queen’s Road mosque where at least eight of the suspects are believed to have worshipped. Friends say he was too busy revising for exams to be a bomb plotter. A Tabligh Jamaatfollower, the group’s preachers regularly visited the mosque where most of those arrested in East London worshipped.cite news | url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2316667,00.html | title=Islamic missionary group links alleged plotters | date= 2006-08-17| publisher= The Times] He was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Shazad Khuram Ali, born 11 June 1979Runs a car trading company which is believed to have employed fellow suspect Assad Sarwar. Accounts show that the company made an £11,000 loss last year. Neighbours have complained about the building of a makeshift mosque in his back garden. Recently visited Pakistan.
Umar Islam(formerly Brian Young), born 23 April 1978was a ticket inspector on London buses during the 7 July 2005 London bombingswhen he helped search for bombs on other buses and assisted victims of the Tavistock Squarebus bomb to safety. [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20140210-2703,00.html] He was charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Waseem Kayani, born 28 April 1977A taxi driver who lived with his parents and wore western clothes. Neighbours say he had a pronounced limp and had shaved his head while retaining his long beard. He recently returned from Pakistan with a new bride.
Assad Sarwar, born 24 May 1980is said by his family to have become a Tabligh follower after dropping out of university. His brother, Amjad, said: “He was at Tablighi Jamaat, which is a sect in Islam which encourages the youth to grow beards, pray five times a day and, how the Prophet lived on a daily basis, that’s how you should run your life. He got actively involved in that and thought that religion is more important than study.” He was charged with conspiracy to murder, contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. Amjad Sarwar was falsely implicated in the plot by the Guardian, the Observer, the News of the World, the Mirror, the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Independent, the Times, the Daily Expressand the Daily Star; the publishers of these newspapers apologised and paid him £170,000 compensation on 28 November 2006. [cite web | author=Stephen Brook | title=Papers compensate man wrongly implicated in alleged bomb plot | publisher=The Guardian | accessdate=November 28 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://media.guardian.co.uk/presspublishing/story/0,,1959125,00.html]
# Abdul Waheed (formerly Don Stewart-Whytecite web | author=BBC | title=Town comes to term with arrests | publisher=BBC | accessdate=August 12 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4784603.stm] ) (not on the bank's list), born ca.
1986. Son of a former Tory agent, half brother of model Heather Stewart-Whyte,cite web | title=Top model's brother is new face of terrorism. | publisher=SMH | accessdate=August 13 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/new-face-of-terrorism/2006/08/12/1154803147123.html] a successful model who lives in North London. She has said that she has never met her half-brother.
Tayib Rauf, born 26 April 1984. Released on 24 August 2006. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/5283232.stm]
uspects arrested in Pakistan
Rashid Rauf, said to be an al Qaeda operative and ringleader of the plot. [cite web | author=today.reuters.com | title=Pakistan says al Qaeda member held over foiled plot | publisher=Reuters | accessdate=August 11 | accessyear=2006 | url=http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2006-08-11T174351Z_01_L11516706_RTRUKOC_0_US-SECURITY-BRITAIN-PAKISTAN-QAEDA.xml&src=rss&rpc=22] The terrorism charges against him were dropped in December.
# A second un-named British national of Pakistani descent is also being held.cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4778889.stm | title=Q&A: UK aircraft 'bomb plot' | date=
2006-08-15| publisher= BBC News]
# Five Pakistani nationals were arrested and held at the same time.
The names of the 19 individuals to which financial sanctions were to be applied was published on 11 August. The names of 18 are: Abdula Ahmed Ali, Shazad Khuram Ali, Cossor Ali, Nabeel Hussain, Tanvir Hussain, Umair Hussain, Umar Islam, Waseem Kayani, Assan Abdullah Khan, Waheed, Arafat Khan, Osman Adam Khatib, Tayib Rauf, Muhammed Usman Saddique, Assad Sarwar, Ibrahim Savant, Amin Asmin Tariq, Shamin Mohammed Uddin, Waheed Zaman. A 19th individual's name was redacted in a revision of the order on 24 August because he was under 18. [cite press release | url=http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/news/2006/082.htm | publisher=Bank of England | date=
11 August 2006| accessdate=2006-11-02 | title=Financial Sanctions: Terrorist Financing]
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