A Staffordshire neurosurgeon cleared of terrorism will fight to stay in Britain and continue his career, his solicitor has said.
Jordanian Mohammed Asha, 28, was acquitted of any link to the London and Glasgow car bomb attacks, at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.
But his friend Bilal Abdulla, 29, was found guilty of plotting to murder hundreds in the attacks.
The Iraqi junior doctor drove one of two home-made Mercedes car bombs, each packed with gas cylinders, petrol and nails, into London’s West End last summer.
When they failed to explode, he joined a desperate suicide attack on Glasgow Airport’s main terminal with Indian PhD student Kafeel Ahmed.
Dr Asha, whose wife and son have returned to Jordan, did not walk free from the high-security dock at the dramatic conclusion of the nine-week trial.
He has been served with deportation papers after his highly-skilled migrant programme visa expired while he was on remand.
Members of his legal team said he is unhappy he faces being transferred from prison to a government immigration detention centre.
They are considering whether to take their case to the High Court.
He is prepared to take his case to the highest level to force the authorities to free him.
His solicitor Tayab Ali said the father-of-one was determined to return to the profession he loved.
He said: “He wants to stay in this country and resume his medical career.
“He is very disappointed he is still in custody after being acquitted in one of this country’s biggest cases.”
A source close to Dr Asha said he was prepared to challenge deportation and planned to apply for bail.
Asha’s high-flying career came crashing down on the day of the Glasgow Airport attack.
The 28-year-old was stopped by armed police on the M6.
He was dragged from his car as he travelled to a jeweller’s with his wife ahead of their wedding anniversary.
Hours later, the doctor wept as he was confronted for the first time with his suspected involvement in the conspiracy.
At Paddington Green police station he told detectives Abdulla had betrayed their friendship.
He said: “It’s just – I think I’ve been a fool all the time.”
Dr Asha was caught up in the counter terrorist dragnet into the British car bomb plot because of his close friendship with the Iraqi.