Muslim couple found guilty of planning London terror attack

Published: December 29, 2015
A combination of two undated handout pictures retrieved from the Thames Valley Police website in London on December 29, 2015, shows (L-R) Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan, who were convicted at the Old Bailey on December 29, 2015, of preparing for acts of terrorism. PHOTO: AFP

A combination of two undated handout pictures retrieved from the Thames Valley Police website in London on December 29, 2015, shows (L-R) Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan, who were convicted at the Old Bailey on December 29, 2015, of preparing for acts of terrorism. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: A British court on Tuesday convicted a husband and wife of planning a major terror attack to mark the 10th anniversary of the London suicide bombings this year.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, used the Twitter name “Silent Bomber” and asked users whether he should bomb a shopping centre or the London Underground train network.

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Rehman used as his profile picture an image of the Islamic State (IS) group militant known as “Jihadi John”, believed killed earlier this year, and was said by prosecutors to have had a “keen interest” in IS.

He was arrested in May after posting a tweet saying: “Westfield shopping centre or London underground? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.”

That was accompanied by a link to an al Qaeda press release about the July 2005 bombings in which four suicide bombers targeted London’s transport system. Fifty-two people were killed.

The couple were accused of planning their attack around May 28.
Rehman and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey in London, England’s central criminal court.

Police also seized more than 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) of urea nitrate, which can be used to manufacture a large bomb, from their house and he filmed himself testing explosives in their back garden.

“The manufacture of a detonator would have taken no more than a couple of days and could have been done by him much quicker if he chose to,” prosecutor Tony Badenoch told the court.

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While Rehman was responsible for creating the bomb, his wife funded his exploits and bought the chemicals, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

If detonated on the London Underground, the bomb they were preparing “would have caused multiple fatalities,” said the CPS.

“The intention to carry out some form of terrorism attack was clear,” Susan Hemming, head of the CPS counter terrorism division, said following the verdict.

“The pair had been very close to carrying out an attack. All they required was to purchase the chemicals to make a detonator.

“There is little doubt that, had Rehman and Ahmed Khan not been stopped when they were, they would have attempted to carry out an act of terrorism in London.”

The couple will be sentenced on Wednesday or Thursday, following mitigation hearings.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Skywalker
    Dec 30, 2015 - 12:38AM

    Guilty of planning? Are we also going to have “guilty by thoughts”?Recommend

  • James
    Dec 30, 2015 - 8:53AM

    Name sounds desi (may be from Pakistan, Bangladeshi, or probably Indian)……….Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Dec 30, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Ha Ha Ha …. Dear not so great britain…
    That was a joke, no ?…Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Proud to be Pakistani !!Recommend

  • Travis
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Saudi-style punishments may be the order of the day since they subscribe to that ideology.Recommend

  • Travis
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Obviously not a very bright man. He didn’t know how the internet works. He probably thought changing his nick was enough anonymity. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Pakistani UK Couple, I am ashamed.Recommend

  • Arbit
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:44AM

    This article doesn’t answer the obvious question. Where are they originally from?Recommend

  • raheel
    Dec 30, 2015 - 11:54AM

    what waste for stupidity. Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2015 - 12:01PM

    Are they crazy or stupid? Both!Recommend

  • JB
    Dec 30, 2015 - 12:08PM

    Who tweets this kind of stuff???Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 30, 2015 - 1:43PM

    What’s their background? They must rot in jail.Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Dec 30, 2015 - 1:59PM

    I am sure this couple is the worlds most dumbest criminalsRecommend

  • Filam
    Dec 30, 2015 - 2:20PM

    There is no freedom of speech even on Twitter.Recommend

  • Keen Observer
    Dec 30, 2015 - 4:54PM

    How is it possible that terrorists posts their plans and give indications to general public on social media? It is very easy to manipulate news and prepare fake accounts to disgrace a section of society.Recommend

    Dec 30, 2015 - 5:38PM

    How can they be guilty if they have done no act……..Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2015 - 5:49PM

    @Skywalker: Yes we should punish those who are guilty of such destructive thoughts against humanity because thoughts are cause of action. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 30, 2015 - 6:17PM

    @Keen Observer: If these criminals had brains, they would not have fallen in this trap. Don’t present your stupid thoughts. British judicial system is one of the best in the world. Trust them.
    @Skywalker: Planning with criminal intent is also a crime. Secondly, If you are thinking something bad but keeps it to yourself, its not a crime because nobody would know it.Recommend

  • Zaid
    Dec 30, 2015 - 7:31PM

    @Skywalker By that logic the state should wait for people to commit attacks before prosecuting them. Recommend

  • Faruk
    Dec 31, 2015 - 9:08AM

    Mr Rehman film himself testining explosive in his own garden, police found 10 kg comical ( Urea Nitrate ) in his house, he wanted to make a bomb to kill innocent people in London. Mr &Mrs Reman sent to prison for life ( must stay in prison minimum 25 years ). This is real justice. Now may I ask Pakistani Law Makers or Pakistani justice system can you do that? NO you can’t, even none bailable warrants have issued for hundreds of criminals and so called politicians in Karachi and in rest of the country and most of them haven’t been arrested, look at one case Dr Asim if he was in a country where their was rule of law, he would never ever get out from prison alive. Just to save him CM Qiam Ali Shah and rest of PPP running day and night, look Wasim Akhtar a criminal is going to be a Mayer of Karachi, Law Minister of Punjab Rana Sanaullah who is wanted in connection of 22 deaths in Lahore. Recommend

  • Purist
    Dec 31, 2015 - 10:10AM

    Just another high-achieving couple from the Land of the Pure !!Recommend

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