Andrew Rowe, who underwent an “intense” conversion to Islam a few years back, has been convicted of “having articles for use in terrorism.” Where and when did he learn that his new religion commanded him to do violence? Who taught him? Why didn’t some members of the Vast Majority of Moderate Muslims take him aside and tell him he was going down the wrong path? Andrew Rowe update: “Terror conviction for tunnel man,” from the BBC, with thanks to Charles Martel:
A British Muslim convert detained at the Channel Tunnel in October 2003 has been found guilty of two charges of having articles for use in terrorism.
Andrew Rowe, 34, was convicted for having instructions on using a mortar, and secret code on a piece of paper.
The jury could not reach a verdict on a third charge of having articles for use in terrorism relating to socks with traces of explosives on them.
Rowe, from Maida Vale, west London, had denied the charges….
Hand-written instructions on how to fire a mortar and the secret code were found at addresses in London and Birmingham linked to Rowe.
The code substituted names of mobile phones for words including money, trouble-police, weapon, airport and army base, prosecutor Mark Ellison said.
There were also codes for explosive materials, making it a “shopping list for terrorism”, Mr Ellison said.
He also said Rowe had travelled extensively after converting to Islam, including to places of conflict, and had had four passports in seven years.
Rowe told the court he had converted to Islam at the age of 19 in a bid to alter his lifestyle after taking and selling drugs.