British shoe-bomb plotter says he flew with bomb

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 5:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A British man says he wore an explosive packed shoe on two flights in 2001 but didn't detonate it because he was hoping to use it for an attack over America.

Saajid Badat (Sah-JEED' Bih-DAT') testified by video Tuesday in New York City at the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH), Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.

Abu Ghaith could face life in prison if he's convicted of conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. He has pleaded not guilty.

Badat says he wore a shoe bomb on at least one flight from Karachi, Pakistan, to Holland and another from Holland to Great Britain in December 2001. But Badat said he quit the plot when he returned home and his parents expressed concern he had been in Afghanistan.

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