Co-conspirators looked down on ‘Swot’ doctor

A Staffordshire doctor accused of helping finance a terrorist plot would not have been wanted in the gang behind the plan because he was a “swot”, a court has heard. Mohammed Asha, 28, was treated as an “outsider” and with a certain amount of disdain by two alleged co-conspirators, Woolwich Crown Court was told. Summing up his defence case, Stephen Kamlish QC said Muslims Kafeel Ahmed and Bilal Abdulla looked down on Asha because of his focus on work and family rather than the afterlife.

He said there was not sufficient evidence against the medic, a neurologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, to prove his involvement in the alleged terror plot. Ahmed and Abdulla, 29, drove a burning Jeep into a terminal building at Glasgow airport last year and planted two car bombs in London’s west end which failed to go off, it is claimed. Indian engineering student Ahmed died from burns a month after the airport attack. Mr. Kamlish told the jury Ahmed’s brother Sabeel, who was not involved in the plot, had more contact with the pair than Asha.

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