LONDON, (Reuters) – Three Britons were convicted yesterday of plotting to murder hundreds of people in suicide bombings after being recruited by an al Qaeda-inspired cell bent on blowing up transatlantic airliners bound for North America.
The three men, who recorded martyrdom videos threatening waves of attacks against Britain and the United States, worked with the gang that planned to bring down planes with home-made liquid bombs.
Their conviction follows one of Britain’s biggest counter-terrorism investigations and a series of trials around a plot that prosecutors said could have been on the same scale as the 9/11 attacks.
Twelve people have now been convicted in connection with the plot that led to extra security checks at airports worldwide and tight restrictions on passengers carrying liquids onto planes.
The three convicted yesterday had faced two previous trials in 2008 and 2009. A jury at their first trial failed to agree a verdict. They were acquitted at the second trial of knowing that the plot was targeting planes.