BA techie alleged to be a terrorist

A UK court has been hearing how a Newcastle software developer used his technological know how to plan two suicide bombings on UK flights.

Rajib Karim, who was born in Bangladesh and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, faced three charges under counter-terrorism legislation.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Crown claims that Karim got a job at British Airways as part of his cunning plan.

For the prosecution, Colin Gibbs, told City of Westminster magistrates’ court that Karim shared information about his work including security measures to the terrorists.

He offered to take advantage of planned strikes by BA staff to join the airline’s cabin crew, the court was told.

Karim also collected money and transferred it through trusted associates and wire services to terrorist associates overseas.

Last month, Inspector Knacker of the Yard swooped on the Newcastle-based office complex where he worked as a software developer and searched his home in the city. They found hundreds of computer files connected to the plan.

Karim spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

Three Slough men were arrested but released without trial following the raid that arrested Karim.