Terrorist who called himself ‘Osama bin London’ is jailed indefinitely

A man who described himself as Osama bin London and trained and recruited young men in terrorist training camps was jailed indefinitely yesterday. He was told that he had used “his charm and knowledge of the Qur’an” to influence impressionable people to train as terrorists.

A preacher, who had spoken of his desire to be a suicide bomber, was also jailed. Five co-defendants, who attended camps in Cumbria and a paintballing centre alongside most of those later convicted over the failed July 21 2005 attacks on the London transport system, were sentenced last month to lesser terms, following a five- month trial at Woolwich crown court.

The ringleader, Mohammed Hamid, 50, who was found guilty of organising terrorist training and soliciting murder, was jailed indefinitely with a minimum term of seven-and-a-half years. Atilla Ahmet, 44, who admitted three counts of soliciting murder, was jailed for a total of six years and 11 months.

“Mohammed Hamid, you are, in my judgment, dangerous,” Mr Justice Pitchers told Hamid yesterday. “You can be genuinely amusing and charming. We heard it on tapes and saw it to some extent in this court. You also have real knowledge of the Qur’an and Islamic teaching.

“However, that is only one side of you. The other side we heard on the recording that has become so well-known – when you spoke of the 52 dead on 7/7 being breakfast for you. You used your charm and knowledge of the Qur’an to influence others to terrorism.” The judge said it was clear that Hamid had been training recruits with a view to sending them to commit acts of terrorism abroad. “I believe you have sent trainees to Afghanistan, as you said.”

“You continue to be a danger, not directly from your own actions, but from your ability to persuade others to commit terrorism offences themselves. The purpose was to go abroad to commit offences, but was no less serious for that.”

Addressing Ahmet, the judge told him he had taken advantage of the naivety of would-be recruits. His desire for the limelight would be “laughable” if his views were not so repellent. He also said any real terrorist would avoid him because of the amount of attention he brought on himself. “Your ability to influence the unsophisticated can hardly survive what everybody now knows of you,” he said.



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