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Former BBC Security Guard turned Terrorist jailed for plot

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Former BBC Security Guard turned Terrorist jailed for plot

Post by Sabre on 25/4/2013, 21:02

A Muslim convert who plotted a terror attack on Royal Wootton
Bassett has been jailed for six years.

Richard Dart, 30, who appeared in a BBC 3 documentary about Islam in 2011,
had also planned to target members of the security services after receiving
training at camps in Pakistan.

Dart, the son of Dorset-based teachers, was jailed at the Old Bailey with his
co-conspirators Jahangir Alom, a former police community support officer, and
Imran Mahmood.

Dart, who changed his name to Salahuddin al Britaini when he converted to
Islam, was jailed for six years, Alom for four years and six months and Mahmood
for nine years and nine months.

Mr Justice Simon told the trio they held "radical Islamist beliefs and have
shown yourselves to be committed to acts of terrorism".
A surveillance image of Richard Dart and Imran
Mahmood taken in London.
Dart, who was also formerly a BBC security guard, refused to stand when he
was sentenced, saying: "I don't wish to stand up, I believe ruling and judging
is only for Allah."

His extremist beliefs were exposed in the BBC television documentary made by
his step-brother Rob Leech, called My Brother the Islamist, in which he is seen
having close contact with the radical preacher Anjem Choudary.

Bearded Dart, who had only been a Muslim for six months at that point,
declared: "I support the cause of jihad, that's part of being a Muslim."

Dart and Alom had travelled to Pakistan to get terrorist training and took
advice from Mahmood who had already visited the country.

Dart and Mahmood discussed bomb-making and also that Royal Wootton Bassett,
the military repatriation town, could be a potential target.

In fragments of computer conversations between Dart and Mahmood, which they
attempted to hide by writing in Word documents and then deleting them, forensics
experts discovered a reference to the town.

They had added: "If it comes down to it it's that or even just to deal with a
few MI5 MI6 heads."

The trio admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism
between July 2010 and July last year at a hearing last month.
Hearses carrying the bodies of fallen soldiers
move through Wootton Bassett
Mr Justice Simon said: "I'm satisfied to the required criminal standard that
neither of you had ruled out an attack in the United Kingdom, and that you,
Mahmood, were looking at arming yourself with a bomb."

Dart, 30, of Ealing in west London, Mahmood, 22, of Northolt in west London,
and Alom, 26, of Stratford in east London, had all been stopped at airports
while travelling to and from Pakistan.

When Mahmood was stopped at Manchester in 2010, traces of explosives were
found on two rucksacks that he had with him.

He later admitted that he had received rudimentary training in explosives
while in Pakistan.

The three were arrested on July 5 last year just before the start of the
Olympics.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne, from the Met's
counter-terrorism command, said: "These are dangerous men.

"Mahmood had received terrorist training in Pakistan and suggested he had
knowledge of how to make home-made explosives, while Dart and Alom made great
efforts to travel to Pakistan and aspired to seek training from terrorist groups
there."

He added: "This case serves as a classic example of how terrorists live in
our midst while preparing their acts and their determination to travel overseas
to train before returning to the UK."

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