Tyne & Wear

Trial date set for terror accused Newcastle BA worker

BA Call centre in Newcastle
Image caption Mr Karim was arrested at BA's call centre in Newcastle

A trial date has been set for a British Airways computer expert from Newcastle who is alleged to have offered himself as a suicide bomber.

Rajib Karim is accused of two counts of planning suicide bombings and his own martyrdom, and another of fundraising for the purposes of terrorism.

No pleas were entered when the 30-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link.

He remains in custody and is due to go on trial on 12 January 2011.

Mr Karim was arrested while working for the airline's call centre in Newcastle in February.

He is accused of three charges relating to alleged crimes between 13 April 2006 and 25 February this year.

Two charges under the Terrorism Act 2006 allege he took part in the preparation of terrorism in the UK and abroad.

The third charge, under the Terrorism Act 2000, alleges he sent money to others for terrorism purposes.

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