Tyne & Wear

British Airways worker in terrorism court appearance

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

A British Airways computer expert from Newcastle who is alleged to have offered himself as a suicide bomber has appeared in court.

Rajib Karim is accused of planning suicide bombings and his own martyrdom, and fundraising for the purposes of terrorism. He was arrested in February.

No pleas were entered when the 30-year-old appeared at Winchester Crown Crown Court earlier.

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.

He faces two charges of engaging in conduct in the preparation of terrorism acts, under 2006 anti-terror legislation.

He is also accused of one count of fundraising for the purpose of terrorism and one count of possessing a record containing terrorist material, both under the Terrorism Act 2000.

The four charges relate to alleged crimes between 13 April 2006 and 25 February this year.

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