UK Charges 1st Bomb-Plot Suspect

Iraqi-trained doctor appears in court at Old Bailey, does not seek bail
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2007 4:19 PM CDT
An armed police officer stands on guard outside Scotland Yard, in central London, Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Britain has moved to the highest level of terror alert, 'critical', after two car bombs were...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – The first of the eight suspects in the failed car-bomb attacks on Glasgow and London appeared in court today to answer to a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions. Bilal Abdullah, 27, a native of Britain who trained as a doctor in Iraq, confirmed his name and address but otherwise did not speak and was returned to custody, Reuters reports. 

Abdullah was in the Jeep that rammed the Glasgow airport terminal with Khalid (aka Kaleef) Ahmed, an Indian engineer who remains hospitalized with severe burns. The two were the masterminds of the Al-Qaeda-linked plot, the New York Times reports, and investigators are trying to determine what roles the other six men and one woman identified as suspects played.