A person has been convicted in Australia of plotting to explode a flight on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group utilizing a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder.
Khaled Khayat, 51, conspired to convey down the Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July 2017, a jury has dominated. He had pleaded not responsible.
The plot was aborted when a bag holding the bomb was too heavy to be checked in at Sydney Airport, native media stated.
He may be sentenced to life in jail.
The plan was to explode the flight carrying 400 passengers with navy grade explosives hid within the grinder.
Police had accused Khayat, and his brother, Mahmoud, of additionally planning a chemical fuel assault in Sydney.
“The jury this afternoon returned a responsible verdict for Khaled and continues to be deliberating in respect of Mahmoud,” a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Supreme Courtroom was quoted by Reuters information company as saying.
Khayat’s lawyer, Richard Pontella, argued that his consumer had in actual fact been making an attempt to stop a terrorist assault.
However a jury rejected his argument after three days of deliberations.
Police stated the explosives used to make the bomb had been despatched by air from Turkey as a part of a plot “impressed and directed” by IS.
Khayat can be sentenced on 26 July.