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Scotland reacts to terror verdict

Reaction from around Scotland to the conviction of Bilal Abdulla for plotting to bring chaos and murder to London and Glasgow Airport by setting off massive car bombs.


As the events in Glasgow showed, Scotland is not immune to the threat of global terrorism. Terrorism does not respect borders and is carried out by individuals not communities.

Terrorists are criminals and attack the values that we all share in Scotland. We need to be vigilant and ensure that those who carry it out, wherever they carry it out, are caught and punished.

But it is also important to remember that we are all Jock Tamson's bairns irrespective of creed, colour or religion. Terrorists are criminals and they attack the values that we all share in Scotland.


The verdict is very welcome and I hope that Abdulla goes down for a very long time indeed.

We will continue to do whatever we can to combat the threat we all face. This includes being vigilant and making clear Islam's opposition to such acts. We are also developing young Muslims so they know how to express their views in society properly - through the democratic process.

Government must also do its part though. The announcement a few days ago of our troops leaving Iraq is welcome, though long overdue. Now we must set right our relations with the Muslim world.


It was clear from the outset, that Bilal Abdulla intended to cause death and destruction as a result of his actions at Glasgow Airport on the afternoon of 30 June 2007.

Had it not been for the prompt actions of Strathclyde Police officers assisted by members of the public, many lives could have been lost.

The greatest achievement undoubtedly is the fact that no innocent lives were lost and the terrorists failed in their attempts to cause mayhem and mass murder at the airport.


Bilal Abdulla has been convicted of the most appalling acts of terrorism, with the clear and immediate potential to cause large scale loss of life in both London and Glasgow.

Strathclyde Police and the Metropolitan Police worked together on this investigation from day one. We owe a debt of considerable gratitude to our colleagues in the Crown Prosecution Service who prepared a professional and compelling prosecution case to bring before the jury.

Our primary concern was not where the prosecution took place, but that the accused were tried before a jury for these appalling acts.


The attack on Glasgow Airport was a despicable and cowardly act, designed to inflict death and injury on innocent men, women and children, during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

That the perpetrators failed is a tribute to the many BAA staff, airport workers, emergency service personnel and passengers who responded so quickly, and so bravely, in the face of such an extraordinary act of aggression.

As a result of their efforts, we were able to re-open Glasgow Airport less than 24 hours after the terrorist attack. I am sincerely grateful to everyone involved. They did Scotland proud.

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