Samina Malik Update. She wasn’t a terrorist, you see. She just wrote on the back of a receipt from her shop: “The desire within me increases every day to go for martyrdom.” And now she has it, in a certain sense. Plenty of time to work on those lyrics.
“‘Lyrical’ terrorist first woman convicted under new terrorism laws,” from the Daily Mail :
A 23-year-old Heathrow Airport worker who called herself the ‘Lyrical Terrorist’ became the first woman to be convicted under new terrorism laws today.
Samina Malik burst into tears in the dock at the Old Bailey as a jury found her guilty of possessing records likely to be used for terrorism by a majority of 10 to one.
Malik wrote poems entitled How To Behead and The Living Martyrs and stocked a ‘library’ of documents useful to terrorists, the Old Bailey heard.
Malik, who worked airside at WH Smith, was an unlikely but committed Islamic extremist, a jury was told.
The court heard she wrote on the back of a receipt from the shop: “The desire within me increases every day to go for martyrdom.”
Today Malik was convicted of possessing records likely to be useful in terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.
She was earlier cleared by a jury of a separate count of possessing an article for terrorism.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, told a jury that Malik liked to be known as the ‘lyrical terrorist’ or ‘a stranger awaiting martyrdom’.
The court heard she visited a website linked to jailed cleric Abu Hamza and stored material about weapons at her family home.
But Malik, of Townsend Road, Southall, west London, told the jury: “I am not a terrorist.”
She claimed to have used the nickname ‘Lyrical Terrorist’ because she thought it was ‘cool’.