A British Airways employee accused of plotting his own suicide bombing and leaking security information, appeared in Westminster Magistrate's Court Thursday. He did not yet enter a plea to charges of terrorist financing and "engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts." Encrypted information about the detailed plot was discovered on his home computer by Scotland Yard investigators following his arrest last month.
Prosecutors allege that Rajib Karim, a British naturalized citizen originally from Bangladesh, used his position at British Airways to advise terrorists on security information pertaining to planning attacks. This included data about suspicious scans, liquid allowances, and computer systems.
They also claim that Karim successfully gathered money in Britain for terrorists in Yemen and Bangladesh. He transferred the funds through a third party and wire services to terrorist associates overseas.
Karim allegedly recruited potential suicide bombers and offered to become one himself. This included offering to join a cabin crew, to gain information about crew training and on-the-job activity.
The alleged offenses started in April 2006 and continued until February 25, 2010. British police have not released additional information about which terrorist organizations he contacted and funded.