Omar Khan, Zohaib Ahmed, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Saud, Mohammed Hasseen and Anzal Hussain, (clockwise from top left). Photo courtesy of BBC
Six men who pleaded guilty terrorist offences have been sentenced to over a hundred years in prison. The men planned to attack the English Defence League rally on 30 June 2012 with an array of weapons, including sawn-off shot guns, machetes, swords, knives and a home-made nail-bomb constructed from fireworks, 359 nails and 93 ball bearings.
The attack never took place, despite weeks of planning. It was abandoned on 30 June 2012 when they turned up two hours after the EDL rally had finished, but they were soon stopped by police when attempting to leave the area. The car was seized and two days later searched, when an array of weapons and a home-made bomb was discovered. Officers also found documents plotting revenge on the “enemies of Allah” – the “English Drunkards League”. The documents stated: “We love death more than you love life … What we did today was a direct retaliation of your insulting of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) & also in retaliation of your crusade against Islam/Muslims on a global scale. It is of the greatest honour for us to do what we did.”
The police investigation found terrorist propaganda material and extremist material at the homes of some of the men. 859 files of such material was found at Mohammed Hasseen’s home.
The men were sentenced at the Old Bailey on 10 June by Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC. In sentencing, the Judge gave 25% credit for guilty pleas, albeit they were entered late on re-arraignment, after originally pleading guilty. Omar Khan, 31, Jewel Uddin, 27, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, were each sentenced extended sentences of 24-and-a-half years, of which the custodial part is 19-and-a-half years, with an extension period of five years. Mohammed Saud, 23, Anzal Hussain, 25, and Mohammed Hasseen, 23, were sentenced to extended sentences of 23 years and nine months, of which the custodial part is 18 years and nine months, with an extension period of five years.
HHJ Hilliard QC’s sentencing remarks can be found here.