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Adam Khatib sentenced to life in jail
From The Times
A Muslim man was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years today after being convicted of conspiracy to murder by plotting with Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the convicted ringleader of the foiled plan to blow up passenger jets.
Adam Khatib, 23, of Walthamstow, east London, was found guilty yesterday by a majority of 11 jurors to one following a two-month trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
Judge Mr Justice Calvert-Smith labelled Khatib “Ali’s lieutenant”.
He told him: “The gravity of your offence is extreme,” adding: “You are clearly a character capable of being charming. However, you are immature, attention-seeking and cold-hearted.”
Co-defendant Nabeel Hussain, 25, of Chingford, east London, was jailed for eight years.
The third co-defendant, Mohammed Shamin Uddin, 39, of Stoke Newington, north London, was jailed for 15 months for one count of possessing materials likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
He was also jailed for a further five years and nine months, to run consecutively, having pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm.
Prior to sentencing the trio Mr Justice Calvert-Smith echoed the words of Mr Justice Henriques who sentenced Abdulla Ahmed Ali and three other conspirators, Assad Sawar, Tanvir Hussain and Umar Islam.
He said: “The plot to murder passengers and crew on seven airliners was the most grave and wicked conspiracy ever proven within this jurisdiction.”
He added: “There was every likelihood that this plot would have succeeded without the intervention of the police and security services.”