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A court artist's impression of British Airways computer expert Rajib Karim, 30

A British Airways computer expert alleged to have offered himself as a suicide bomber has appeared in court to deny terrorism charges.

Rajib Karim, 31, of Newcastle upon Tyne, remains in custody and is due to go on trial on January 24 at Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London.

Bangladesh-born Karim appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to two charges of preparing for terrorism.

Each count covers the period from April 13, 2006 to February 26, 2010 and includes the allegation that he “offered to be a martyr or suicide bomber”.

The first charge alleges that he engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorism, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, including that he “incited the giving of permission to carry out terrorist acts in the United Kingdom”.

Karim is also said to have offered to travel to Yemen or Pakistan to carry out terrorism training, and to have advised about potential recruits to commit terrorist acts in the UK.

Also among the conduct said to form part of the allegation was that he stayed in the UK long enough to obtain a British passport.

It is further claimed that he “advised and counselled the commission of terrorist acts by providing information” on topics such as liquids allowances on planes, airport security and scanners, and immigration questions to travellers.

He was also said to have provided details on BA computers and their vulnerability to a physical or “internal systems” attack to inflict financial loss. Information was also alleged to have been provided on the opportunity to obtain cabin crew training, information, experience and aeroplane access and “inside knowledge”.

Karim is additionally accused of giving advice about working for BA and obtaining a British passport. The second charge alleges preparing terrorism to assist another to commit terrorist acts, which includes some claims similar to the first count, as well as the accusation that he asked for, collected and sent money for terrorism.

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