Suspected Parsons Green bomber to go on trial in March

Suspected Parsons Green bomber to go on trial in March

Forensic investigators search on the platform at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON: A teenager accused of building and planting an improvised bomb that failed to properly detonate on a London Underground train will stand trial in March, a British judge said Friday (Oct 13).

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali, 18, of Surrey - a county on the southwestern edge of London - is charged with two counts of attempted murder and of using the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

The device went off on a train at Parsons Green station on Sep 15, injuring 30 people.

The Iraqi national, who is currently being held in Belmarsh prison, appeared via video link at a hearing in London's Old Bailey criminal court before Mr Justice Haddon-Cave.

Outlining the charges, prosecutor Lee Ingham said the offence was "motivated by politics."

"The allegation is that the defendant built and placed an improvised explosive device on a train, and at, or around, Parsons Green train station it partially exploded."

He added: "The intent was that there should be a larger explosion with the intention to kill and cause serious injury to people and property."

Justice Haddon-Cave ordered a pre-trial hearing to begin on Jan 19, and the trial at the Old Bailey to start on Mar 5.

Source: AFP/aa