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Bombs accused 'told absurd lies'

Dr Bilal Abdulla
Dr Abdulla denies trying to kill or injure anyone through car bomb attacks

A doctor accused of attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow has told "astonishing lies", jurors have heard.

Bilal Abdulla, 29, claimed he did not know Kafeel Ahmed, 28, was planning a suicide attack when a Jeep was driven into a building at Glasgow Airport.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC told Woolwich Crown Court Mr Abdulla gave a "simply absurd" account of the June 2007 attack on the terminal building.

Dr Abdulla denies conspiracies to murder and to cause explosions.

In cross-examination, Mr Laidlaw said Dr Abdulla had given a "lying account" of events which "shifted the blame" for the attacks to Ahmed.

'Views hardened'

It is claimed the pair planted two failed car bombs in central London the day before they drove the jeep, packed with gas canisters and petrol, into the airport.

Mohammed Asha, 28, also an NHS doctor, denies funding the attacks.

Mr Abdulla told the court of his changing political and religious views as an Iraqi Sunni Muslim after the two conflicts in his home country.

He said: "It was after the political problems with the Shia (another branch of Islam) started and seeing the massacres that have taken place in Iraq that my views definitely hardened, like all the Sunnis of the region."

I would never attack an innocent person. I can't kill, I'm a healer, I'm a doctor
Bilal Abdulla

Dr Abdulla said he supported Iraqi insurgents including Abu Musab Al-Zarkawi, who was linked to the beheading of British engineer Ken Bigley.

He said: "I admired all the Iraqi figures, all the figures that were fighting the occupiers whatever their name was."

The jury was told Dr Abdullah "despised" the British people and democracy.

Mr Laidlaw said: "It offends the very core beliefs of your religion. Your religion as you see it is for God-led governments and not democracy at all."

This was denied by the defendant, who insisted he was not "a killer".

He said: "I would never attack an innocent person. I can't kill, I'm a healer, I'm a doctor."

But he admitted he wanted the British people to realise their government were "murderers".

Mr Ahmed was the mastermind behind the plot, which was intended to cause fear rather than kill, Dr Abdullah said.

The devices were designed to frighten the public into thinking they were bombs, and to catch fire rather than explode, he said.

The trial continues.

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