Prisoner due in court over terrorist attack

A prisoner from Sunderland is to appear in court charged with an attack on a jailed al-Qaeda terrorist.

A prisoner from Sunderland is to appear in court charged with an attack on a jailed al-Qaeda terrorist.

The 22-year-old inmate is accused of assaulting Dhiren Barot, leader of a British-based terrorist cell that plotted to murder thousands of people with dirty bombs.

The unnamed prisoner faces charges of wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the incident on July 6 in the high-security Frankland Prison in County Durham.

He will appear before North Durham Magistrates’ Court sitting in Peterlee.

Barot’s lawyer has said the convicted terrorist had boiling oil thrown over him during the attack.

After the incident, which left Barot, 35, scarred for life, a news blackout was imposed to protect medical staff from possible attack while he was treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Barot was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for planning to plant radioactive, chemical or toxic gas bombs and pack limousines with nails and explosives in the UK and the US.

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