Terror Suspect Innocent, Says Father
Sky News | July 2, 2007
The father of one of the men arrested over the failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow has protested his son's innocence.
Abdul Qader Asha said Dr Mohammed Asha did not have "any links" to terrorism.
Dr Asha, who is Jordanian, was one of two people arrested on the M6 at the weekend.
Speaking from that country, his father insisted that "he has not undertaken any kind of activity of this nature."
He has appealed to Jordan's King Abdullah to intervene in the case.
Mr Asha, a retired English teacher, said his son's only goal was to "return from Britain after getting the certificate which he went to specialise in."
The 26-year-old suspect lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and specialises in neurosurgery.
He was arrested with a woman, believed to be his wife, in a dramatic police swoop on the M6 near Sandbach in Cheshire.
Police have been searching his office at North Staffordshire Hospital, in Stoke-on-Trent.
Dr Asha began practising in the UK in 2005 after qualifying in Jordan, according to the General Medical Council (GMC).
A spokeswoman said he held a type of provisional limited registration which enabled him to work in the NHS under supervision.
The professional body would wait for the outcome of the police investigation before reviewing his registration, she added.
Asha comes from a family of eight and is described by his father as an exceptionally able student.
He graduated from Jordan university after getting a scholarship.
Asha is one of six people arrested over the attempted attacks - a seventh is in a critical condition in hospital and is under armed guard. None are thought to be British.
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