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Jury considers verdict in 'terror plot' trial

Adam Khatib, Mohammed Shamin Uddin and Nabeel Hussain
Adam Khatib, Mohammed Uddin and Nabeel Hussain deny the charges

The jury in the trial of a British Muslim accused of conspiring to murder civilians in a terrorist attack has retired to consider its verdicts.

Adam Khatib, 22, from east London, is alleged to be part of a terror cell taking orders from Pakistan.

Abdullah Ahmed Ali has been convicted of plotting to launch suicide attacks on transatlantic passenger aircraft.

Mohammed Shamin Uddin and Nabeel Hussain are also accused of terrorist offences. All three deny the charges.

Prosecutor Peter Wright, QC, told the jury when the case opened in October that each of the trio were "prepared to help in the commission of terrorist acts and indeed did so," though they may not have been aware of the chosen target for the attack.

Ali was jailed for a minimum of 40 years in September after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to murder.

Three other men, Assad Sarwar, Tanvir Hussain and Umar Islam, were also convicted of playing key roles in the plot.

Mr Khatib is accused of conspiracy to murder by plotting with Ali.

Mohammed Shamin Uddin, 39, of Stoke Newington, is accused of preparing for terrorism by meeting with Ali in July 2006. He is also accused of researching the use and purchase of hydrogen peroxide and possessing materials that could be used for terrorism.

Nabeel Hussain, 25, of Chingford, east London, is accused of preparing for terrorism by meeting Ali twice in July 2006. He is also accused of having various items - a will, mobile phones and a £25,000 loan application - for use in terrorism.

All three men deny all the offences.

Giving evidence in their defence during the trial, each of the three men said Ali was simply a friend.

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