“Jamil told psychiatrists he was possessed by evil spirits or ‘jinns’ and experts agreed he had suffered periods of mental illness, including symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. He told jurors he needed an IS imam to exorcise him in Syria after Sunni imams in Luton and Birmingham failed to cleanse his soul.”
If any of that is remotely true, it is noteworthy that Jamil thought that Islamic State imams could do what imams in Luton and Birmingham could not. This reflects an assumption that they must have superior powers, perhaps stemming from their residing in the caliphate.
…Mubashir Jamil, a former straight-A student, was arrested after telling an undercover officer he would blow himself up in Britain if he could not fight for the terror group in Syria….
The 23-year-old was yesterday convicted of a terror offence at the Old Bailey, which heard he was due to travel to the Middle East to fight for the terror group within days of his arrest.
Footage released by the Metropolitan Police shows cops bursting into his Luton home, where he was held down and handcuffed on a bed before being taken away….
Before he was radicalised online, the Amazon worker was an avid computer gamer but became an extreme jihadist.
He was obsessed with gruesome execution videos and images of dead jihadi martyrs, the Old Bailey heard.
The once gifted schoolboy worked in an Amazon warehouse to save up nearly £2,000 and turned to encrypted messaging app Telegram in a bid to join the terror group in Syria.
He filled out an IS application form and offered to blow himself up to bring the ‘taste of immense pain’ to innocent people on British soil in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and Belgium.
But Jamil, who moved to Luton from Pakistan aged two, unwittingly discussed his detailed plans for jihad with an undercover police officer who he told: “Put an explosive belt on me and tell me how to press.”
The officer, posing as ISIS handler ‘Abu Hasan’, persuaded Jamil to send him a copy of his passport, photographs of himself and even a copy of the boarding pass for a flight to Turkey leaving on 30 April last year.
Jamil was caught red-handed talking to Abu Hasan online as anti-terror cops burst through his bedroom door on April 27 – just days before he was due to leave.
He claimed he wanted to go to Syria to be ‘exorcised of evil spirits’ by an ISIS imam and he has been diagnosed with schizophrenic symptoms since his arrest.
Jamil told forensic psychiatrist Dr Martin Lock he was so disinterested in politics he had no idea who Theresa May was and didn’t know that the Queen lives at Buckingham Palace.
But prosecutor Barnaby Jameson said his claims were ‘dubious’ because he ‘knows about attacks going on in Belgium and Paris and mentions them specifically, he knows what is going on in the world’.
Mr Jameson said: “It was through the internet that the defendant was drawn into a world poles apart from that of the once gifted schoolboy with A* in both the arts and sciences.
“He became a would-be IS recruit willing to sacrifice his life for IS and indeed the lives of others.
“He turned from a player of video games into someone willing to carry out suicide attacks in this country on behalf of IS.
“His preference however, was to go to Syria and join IS as a jihadist fighter.”
Jamil told psychiatrists he was possessed by evil spirits or ‘jinns’ and experts agreed he had suffered periods of mental illness, including symptoms of schizophrenia and depression.
He told jurors he needed an IS imam to exorcise him in Syria after Sunni imams in Luton and Birmingham failed to cleanse his soul.
“If the exorcism couldn’t be done I would have killed myself,” he said.
“I wanted them [IS] to think I would fight for them so they would let me into Syria.”…