'Liquid bomb' plotter bids to get conviction overturned

The mastermind behind the 'liquid bomb plot' - one of the largest terrorist plots ever discovered in Britain - is making a bid to have his conviction overturned on human rights grounds.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink through airport security and assembled on board.

The discovery of his suicide plan in 2006 led to urgent international restrictions on carrying fluids on aircraft.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali was given a life sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Archive

Ali is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights to claim his human rights were infringed by publicity, saying the jury would have been prejudiced by coverage of a previous trial.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told The Sunday Telegraph: "It is unacceptable to have a situation in which claims to the European Court of Human Rights are actually being used to undermine our justice system."