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Doctors deny car bomb plot charge

Scales of Justice statue at Old Bailey
Both doctors were arrested after a car was driven into Glasgow Airport

Two doctors have pleaded not guilty to plotting car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow last summer.

Iraqi Bilal Abdullah, 28, of Paisley, and Jordanian Mohammed Asha, 27, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.

Both were arrested on 30 June after a jeep was driven into Glasgow Airport's main terminal. Mr Abdullah was arrested at the scene, and Dr Asha on the M6.

The case was adjourned until July. A trial is expected to begin in October.

They day before the men were arrested, police had found two Mercedes cars laden with gas canisters and petrol in central London.

Both men are accused of conspiracy to murder and to cause explosions between 1 January 2006 and 1 July 1.

During a 30-minute hearing of mostly legal argument, the two men formally denied the charges.

Dr Asha, who wore a white open-necked shirt, took notes on a laptop computer throughout the hearing as he sat beside Mr Abdullah.

Their trial, set to start on October 4 at London's Woolwich Crown Court, is expected to take 12 weeks.


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