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Saajid Badat from Gloucester admits he gave a shoe bomb to Malaysian extremists

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

CONVICTED Gloucester Al Qaeda terror plotter Sajid Badat gave a shoe bomb to Malaysian extremists, it has emerged.

Badat, who in 2005 pleaded guilty to conspiring to blow up an aircraft, this week said he supplied the device to a terror cell including a pilot who wanted to blow open a cockpit door to start a hijack.

The details emerged as he gave evidence at the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son in law of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda spokesman, in New York.

It comes as the search continues to find any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, MH370.

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Badat, from Tredworth, Gloucester, has testified about the Malaysian plan before but that abandoned plot may have fresh meaning in the light of Saturday’s disappearance of flight MH370, with 239 people on board.

Terrorism has not been ruled out of the search for clues in to MH370’s fate and there is no suggestion that Badat's Malaysian link in 2001 is linked to its disappearance.

Badat was released around five years early from a 13-year jail sentence, after agreeing to give evidence against alleged terror plotters.

The former Crypt School pupil backed out of a plot with shoe bomber Richard Reid to bring down aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean after the 9/11 atrocity.

He hid bomb-making equipment in his parents’ St James Street home and just over 10 years ago it was found by police.

This week he told US prosecutors he was given shoe bombs in Afghanistan in 2001 and took one to his home, which he intended to use to bring down an airliner between Paris and Miami. The other, to break through a cockpit door, he gave to Malaysian terrorists.

"I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians,” he told the court of the group he met in 2001. “I think it was to access the cockpit.

He said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who claimed responsibility for the 9/11 plot, said he had plans for the Malaysians.

Badat believed they were ready to commit a terrorist act and in a meeting with the Malaysian cell discussed what to do if the cockpit door was locked.

"So I said, 'How about I give you one of my bombs to open a cockpit door?'" Badat told the court.

Flight MH370 went missing late on Friday during the trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is believed to have crashed but no debris had been found. Satellite images of what were believed to be possible signs of wreckage have been ruled out, as have reports that the Boeing 777-200ER could have flown on for another four hours beyond its last known point over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.

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