A man has been convicted in Australia of plotting to blow up an Etihad flight in a terror attack, using a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder.
Khaled Khayat, 51, conspired to bring down the flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July 2017, a jury ruled on Wednesday. He had pleaded not guilty.
The plot was aborted when a bag holding the bomb was too heavy to be checked in at Sydney Airport, local media said.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Khayat’s lawyer, Richard Pontella, argued that his client had in fact been trying to prevent a terrorist attack.
But a jury in the Supreme Court of New South Wales rejected his argument after three days of deliberations.
Khayat will be sentenced on 26 July.