27 February 2008
TERRORIST RECRUITERS CONVICTED
Four London men have been found guilty and another three have admitted a range of terrorist offences in a five-month trial held at Woolwich Crown Court. The court heard that the ringleaders of the group sought to radicalise young men in London and encourage them to murder non-Muslims.
Mohammed Hamid, an extremist who called himself "Osama bin London", organised terrorist training camps at a number of locations around England. He was convicted on three counts of soliciting murder and three counts of providing terrorist training.
The other defendants were convicted on a variety of charges including providing training for terrorism, attending a place for the purpose of terrorism training and possessing a record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
The case was the first to be brought under section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006, under which it is a criminal offence to provide terrorist training or attend a place used for terrorist training. The convictions marked a successful conclusion to Operation Overamp, a two-year joint investigation by the police and Security Service. Sentencing will take place in March.
In addition, two other men were convicted and sentenced in earlier hearings that could not previously be disclosed due to reporting restrictions. Hassan Mutegombwa was jailed for ten years for intending to travel overseas to carry out acts of terrorism, and Mustafa Abdullah was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for possessing a record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
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