Nadeem Muhammad convicted over Manchester airport pipe bomb plot

Man guilty of possession charge in Manchester airport pipe bomb plot

Nadeem Muhammad was convicted at Manchester Crown Court

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An Italian citizen faces jail after an explosive was discovered in his carry-on luggage at Manchester airport.

Nadeem Muhammad was visibly upset at Manchester Crown Court when a jury found him guilty of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or property.

During the trial, the court heard the 43-year-old had been planning to board a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, near Milan, in January when the device was found by airport security staff.

The officers initially believed the explosive – a pipe bomb – was viable, but a swab dismissed these suspicions and Muhammed was allowed to return to Italy. It was only when a forensic team examined the device in February that suspicions were raised once again.

The 43-year-old was arrested upon his return to the UK, and charges were brought.

Muhammad – who was born in Pakistan but possessed an Italian passport – had denied any connection to the device in court.

The jury took 15 hours to deliver a majority verdict of 10 to two.

Muhammad has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on August 23.