A Tyneside man Bangladesh-born Rajib  Karim, 30, has been charged with a series of terror offences, police in London have said, on Wednesday 03/10/2010. Rajib Karim is a British Airways computer expert who allegedly offered to take advantage of a planned strike by cabin crew as part of a terror plot.


Rajib Karim was arrested, on 02/25/2010, by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, working with colleagues in the north east of England in a swoop on the office complex where he worked in Newcastle as a computer software developer and searched his home in the city. Scotland Yard also arrested three men in Slough, Berkshire, during the inquiry. They were released without charge on Tuesday 02/09/2010.


Rajib Karim of Newcastle, has been accused of committing three offences under the Terrorism Act. The three charges span a four-year period, from 13 April 2006 to 25 February this year, and relate to offences inside and outside of the UK and of planning suicide bombings and his own martyrdom. One charge involves the UK and the other alleges that he plotted with contacts in his home country, Pakistan and Yemen. A third charge alleging he collected money and transferred it through trusted associates and wire services to terrorist associates overseas.


It is alleged that Rajib Karim deliberately stayed in Britain, obtaining a passport and getting a job at the airline to further the conspiracy.

Rajib Karim is due to appear before London’s City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said Eajib Karim had been charged following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.
* On Monday 01/31/2011 Rajib  Karim pleaded guilty to funding associates in Yemen, offering himself for terrorist training abroad and encouraging others to do the same. He denied all the other charges.
The court heard that Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen, and Rajib  Karim had been corresponding, via heavily encrypted software, in late 2009 and early 2010. In one message purported to be from al-Awlaki, the writer made clear where his priorities lay: “Our highest priority is the United States. Anything there, even on a smaller scale compared to what we may do in the United Kingdom, would be our choice.”

Rajib  Karim was convicted, on Monday 02/28/2011, of plotting to blow up a passenger plane and attempting to financially ravage his employers by attacking its IT installations.


He and his brother, Tehzeeb Karim, were members of the proscribed organisation Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. Counter-terrorism officers took nine months to decipher 300 e-mails between Rajib  Karim and Tehzeeb. The brothers discussed setting up a 7/7/2005 -type group in Britain, and also about travelling to Pakistan and Yemen for jihad. Rajib  Karim wrote that the more he mixed with British citizens the more convinced he was that they were “combatants”, and hence legitimate targets.


The coded messages between the brothers, as well as between Rajib  Karim and Anwar al-Awlaki, mentioned a number of people who Karim thought could help in attacks on British targets. Not all have been traced. 


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