US charges co-conspirator of Richard Reid

US authorities Monday announced charges against Saajid Badat, a British citizen who allegedly conspired with al-Qaida member Richard Reid to use shoe bombs to blow up airplanes. A federal grand jury indictment charges Badat with attempted murder, trying to destroy an aircraft and other counts related to the alleged conspiracy with Reid.

According to the indictment, Badat "admitted that he was asked to conduct a shoe bombing like Reid." Badat faces a trial on similar charges in Britain beginning February 28, 2005. Badat faces life in prison if convicted on all the charges. The US Attorney's press release is here. AP has more.

UPDATE: Findlaw has now posted the indictment [PDF]

 

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