A hard core of 20 Islamic extremists with links to foreign terror groups is operating north of the Border and poses a “significant” risk to public safety, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. Senior intelligence insiders have revealed the suspects – many of them born and brought up in Scotland – pose a similar threat to that of Mohammed Atif Siddique, the Scottish Asian who was last week given an eight-year prison sentence for terrorist offences. Richard Elias reports.
The verdict over a British-born Muslim student found guilty of a series of terrorism offences on Monday has been described as “tragedy for justice and for freedom of speech”. The “wannabe suicide bomber” Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, could face 15-years in jail for allegedly providing training material on booby-trap bomb making and threatening to become a suicide bomber. A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took more than eight hours to convict Siddique, from Alva, Clackmannanshire, of possessing and distributing a range of terrorist material via websites and providing instructional material about guns and explosives over the internet.http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=175A874CC95B7A1B884D160F&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
School children in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, will visit local mosques in the wake of the Alva terror trial, BBC Scotland reported. It is hoped the scheme will increase understanding of other religions in the community. The move comes after former Alva Academy pupil Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, was found guilty of terrorism offences on Monday. Ochil and South Perthshire MP Gordon Banks said ideas were being looked at on how schools could “better understand the role of the Muslim community and the Muslim religion” and “to try and show to the rest of the community that the Muslim community is here and has something positive to offer”.
A 21-year-old student was convicted today of possessing CDs and computer material linked to Islamist terrorism, along with threatening to become a suicide bomber and other offences. He faces a potential jail sentence of up to 15 years, the trial judge has warned. Following the verdict, police said Mohammed Atif Siddique, from Alva, Clackmannanshire near Stirling in central Scotland, had been found guilty of “serious terrorism offences” that posed a genuine threat. Siddique’s lawyer said he would appeal, arguing the student’s actions amounted to nothing worse than “what millions of young people do every day – looking for answers on the internet”.