Thursday 30 March 2017

Husband and wife get life for plotting London terror attack

Mohammed Rehman (25) and his now ex-wife Sana Ahmed Khan (24)
Mohammed Rehman (25) and his now ex-wife Sana Ahmed Khan (24)

Helen William in London

A COUPLE who plotted a deadly terror attack on London to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the July 7 bombings have each been given life sentences.

Mr Justice Baker told Mohammed Rehman (25) and his now ex-wife Sana Ahmed Khan (24) that the radicalised extremists were a significant danger to the public.

The couple, who were separated by two prison guards in the dock, were expressionless and stared straight ahead as they sat quietly at London's Old Bailey.

The jury unanimously found the couple guilty of preparing of an act of terrorism in May of this year.

Rehman was sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years.

He was also sentenced to 12 years to run concurrently for possessing an article for terrorist purposes.

Khan was sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years.

The judge told Rehman that the reason for his conversion "may never be fully known" but that it may have been linked to his "disaffection" from his family and the wider community, together with the limited interest he had previously shown in learning about Islam.

The judge told him: "Once you had gained that mindset, I am satisfied that you determined to fulfil the Islamic State's call for jihad; not like some, by travelling to Syria or elsewhere to take part in the conflict in those areas, but by carrying out an act of terrorism within the United Kingdom.

"The type of act which you envisaged not only encompassed the use of explosive substances, which would be used to maximum effect so as to cause multiple injuries and fatalities, but specifically included a suicide bombing; an act which envisaged 'martyrdom', a notion specifically resurrected by Islamic State to encourage this type of venture."

Ahead of the hearing, Khan had sent the judge a handwritten letter, saying that she divorced Rehman a couple of weeks previously and that she should have "distanced myself from him a long time ago" but that she did not have the strength to do it.

In rejecting the sentiments in the letter and saying she had tried to limit her role in the events, the judge told Khan: "I am satisfied that it was you who became interested in the theological justification of Isil's aims, and thereafter encouraged Mohammed Rehman to pursue its ideology.

"Once you had gained that mindset, I am satisfied that you too determined to fulfil the Islamic State's call for jihad, by the carrying out of an act of terrorism within the United Kingdom."

Irish Independent

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