A Muslim advisor has called for the extremists who “brainwashed” failed Exeter suicide bomber Nicky Reilly to be brought to justice. Muslim convert Reilly from Plymouth has admitted attempted murder at the Giraffe restaurant on 22 May. During the inquiry, police said he had been radicalised.
Imam Dr Abdul-Jalil Sajid, from the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK, said investigations should not stop with Reilly. The 22-year-old had been preparing the attack when a bomb went off in his hands in a toilet cubicle. Police believe Reilly, said to have learning difficulties, was “preyed upon” by others. Dr Sajid told the BBC: “I don’t want the perpetrators behind these people who have been brainwashed to get free. “We need to get to the bottom of it and arrest them and punish them so that it will teach others not to do this kind of heinous crime in our cities.” Reilly, who appeared at the Old Bailey in London, will be sentenced on 21 November.
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The brother of a terrorist who died in an airport suicide attack has been jailed for 18 months for withholding information about the plot. Sabeel Ahmed, an NHS doctor, was sent a chilling email about the mission two days before his older brother Kafeel rammed a jeep into the air terminal in Glasgow. In it he wrote: “This is the project that I was working on for some time now. Everything else was a lie. It’s about time that we give up our lives and our families for the sake of Islam to please Allah.” Sabeel pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to withholding information about terrorism, which carries a maximum sentence of five years. But the tariff was reduced because he did not read the email until the evening after the attack had taken place. Because he has already served half his sentence on remand and has agreed to leave the country, the 26-year-old has been released into the custody of the immigration service to be deported back to India. Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said it was clear from the email his brother sent that he expected to die in the attack, and that his body would be left unrecognisable. He told Sabeel: “I accept that so far as you personally were concerned there is no sign of your being an extremist or party to extremist views.”
One of the country’s most senior Muslim police officers has been promoted by the Metropolitan Police. Ali Dizaei is now a Commander and can now join the Association of Chief Police Officers, having previously been a Chief Superintendent. He was at the centre of a four-year _4m investigation over allegations of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office. He was cleared of the charges by the Old Bailey in 2003. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair apologised for the _4m probe into Commander Dizaei, saying it had caused “considerable damage” within the force. Commander Dizaei has been an outspoken critic of institutional racism in the service, stop and search and the need for Muslims to help in the fight against terrorism. This was his fourth attempt to become a chief officer.http://www.themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=262D75BE37DDF57E66CCB68E&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
The convictions of five young Muslim men jailed over extremist literature have been quashed by the Appeal Court. Freeing the men, the Lord Chief Justice said their convictions for downloading extremist propaganda were unsafe as there was no proof of terrorist intent. A jury convicted the students in 2007 after hearing the men, of Bradford and Ilford, east London, became obsessed with jihadi websites and literature. The lawyer for one said they had been jailed for a “thought crime”. In one of the first trials of its kind, Irfan Raja, Awaab Iqbal, Aitzaz Zafar, Usman Malik and Akbar Butt were jailed by an Old Bailey judge for downloading and sharing extremist terrorism-related material. The men all received sentences of between two and three years. But at the Court of Appeal, Lord Phillips said the men had clearly downloaded extremist material but he doubted if there was evidence to support the prosecution’s case that this was in relation to planning terrorist acts.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=423161921381A0C2429320D2&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
A pair of terror suspects charged with training in woods near Maidenhead last summer are set to appear at the Old Bailey in London on Monday. Yassin Mutegombwa, 23, and Kibley Da Costa, 24, were part of a group of nine Muslim men arrested after a series of anti-terror raids across the south east last year. The two London men are charged with terrorist-training related offences at a site near Pondwood Farm in White Waltham in June 2006, pictured. Mutegombwa is the first Briton to have been charged with a new offence of receiving terror training. Article [here.->http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=60134FF58E160D66ED260FF0&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
By Adam Blenford A Muslim preacher jailed for nine years after he urged his followers to rise up and kill the “enemies of Islam” lost an appeal against his conviction today, but had his sentence cut by two years. Jamaican-born Abdullah el-Faisal, 39, a former preacher at Brixton mosque in south London, encouraged his followers to kill Jews, Americans and non-believers in a series of inflammatory speeches and recordings. He told schoolboys that they would spend eternity in paradise with 72 virgins if they fought and died in a jihad, or holy war. El-Faisal was sentenced to seven years for soliciting murder and a further two years for inciting racial hatred at the Old Bailey last March. His sentences were to run concurrently. The judge recommended that el-Faisal, of Stratford, east London, be deported at the end of his sentence. The ground-breaking trial was the first prosecution of a Muslim cleric in this country.