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If I am a terrorist, so is the UK govt: Iraqi doctor

Says attack was "clumsy," not meant to kill anyone

An Iraqi doctor accused of plotting attacks in London and Scotland said on Monday he had not planned to kill or injure anyone and added if British law defined him as a "terrorist" than the government was also a terrorist.

Bilal Abdulla, 29, who is on trial for his role in the attack in June last year, when a car packed with gas and petrol canisters was rammed into Glasgow Airport, denied he had told a police officer he was a terrorist after his arrest.

"I said something along those lines, but it was more like a question," he told Woolwich Crown Court.

"Everyone was saying you are a terrorist, you are arrested under the Terrorism Act and so forth. That is my case in a nutshell. I am told I am a terrorist, but is your government not a terrorist, is your army not a terrorist?" Abdulla said.

"By the definition of the Act, according to English law, yes. That is my aim -- to change opinion using violence, using fire devices," he added.

Everyone was saying you are a terrorist, you are arrested under the Terrorism Act and so forth. That is my case in a nutshell. I am told I am a terrorist, but is your government not a terrorist, is your army not a terrorist?

Abdulla

"Clumsy" attack

Abdulla, on trial with Jordanian doctor Mohammed Asha, 28, said the attack was not planned and described how his friend, Indian Kafeel Ahmed, 28, swerved the Jeep into the terminal building without warning.

"I never had such an agreement with Kafeel, from the beginning, from day one, we said we will not kill or injure any innocent person," Abdulla told the court.

"Look at this incident. This incident, if it was to kill people or cause an explosion, we would not have done it that way. It looks very clumsy," he said.

The court has already heard that Abdulla supported fighting occupation in Iraq but that he "loved England."

Both Abdulla and Asha deny charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. The trial continues.

The Glasgow attack came a day after two cars also packed with fuel containers, gas canisters and nails were left outside a busy nightclub in central London.

Look at this incident. This incident, if it was to kill people or cause an explosion, we would not have done it that way. It looks very clumsy

Abdulla