The ringleader, Irfan Naseer, won’t be around until 2031, by which time he will have a good shot at being made President of the Islamic Republic of Britain. But the others will be able to slap burqinis on the wives and hit the beaches this summer.
“Jailed jihad terrorists to be set free in weeks,” by Tom Whitehead for the Telegraph, April 26 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The ringleader of a Birmingham terror cell who plotted a suicide bombing campaign in the UK may never be released, a judge warned on Friday.
Four members of the group, who travelled to Pakistan for training in terrorism, will be free within three months after being jailed for 40 months.
The 11-strong al-Qaeda inspired gang from Birmingham wanted to use eight suicide bombers in attacks that could have left thousands dead. The ringleader, Irfan Naseer, 31, was given five life sentences for the plot. A judge said he may never be released. However, his followers were treated more leniently. Naseer’s group wanted to cause more damage than the 7/7 London bombings and threatened to carry out “another 9/11”.
Naseer sent Shahid Khan, 21, Khobaib Hussain, 21, Ishaaq Hussain, 21, and Naweed Ali, 25, to Pakistan for terrorism training. But they returned without receiving any.
At Woolwich Crown Court yesterday, the four men were sentenced to 40 months, of which they will serve only half, after admitting an offence of travelling overseas for terrorism training.
They have been on remand since November 2011. So they will be back on the streets by July.
The al-Qaeda inspired gang wanted to cause mass murder and carnage on the streets. They even criticised the 7/7 attacks for not “doing enough damage”.
Mr Justice Henriques, sitting at Woolwich Crown Court, said Naseer, a pharmacy graduate, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, was a “highly trained terrorist” and the “driving force” behind the plot. He said Naseer, also known as “Chubbs”, was a “highly skilful bombmaker”. The judge gave him five life sentences for a series of terrorism offences connected to the bombing campaign. He will serve at least 18 years before being eligible for parole.
The judge told him: “Your plot had the blessing of al-Qaeda and you intended to further the aims of al-Qaeda.
“Clearly nothing was going to stop you, short of intervention of the authorities.”
The three central figures Naseer, Irfan Khalid, 28, and Ashik Ali, 28, were convicted of planning a terrorism campaign in February after a four and a half month trial. Naseer and Khalid had undertaken terrorism training in Pakistan, where they made martyrdom videos to be released by al-Qaeda.
Although no target was settled on, Ali told police they planned to attack soldiers but also talked of turning a Birmingham street into a “little war zone”.
The men were secretly recorded by MI5 and police before their arrests in 2011.
Khalid, who is in the bottom 2 to 5 per cent of cognitive ability, boasted that the attack would be “another 9/11”.
He was jailed for 18 years after which he will spend an extra five years on licence. Ali was jailed for 15 years with a five-year extended licence period.
The gang funded its plot by raising up to Â£30,000 in bogus charity collections but lost large parts of it after investing in the foreign exchange markets.
Rahin Ahmed, 28, the group’s chief fundraiser who lost the money, was jailed for 12 years.
Of the rest of the group, Ali’s older brother Bahader Ali, 29, was jailed for six years, Mohammed Rizwan, 34, got four years and Mujahid Hussain, 21, was given four years for varying roles.