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.