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Terror training camps trial marks another first for the Crown Prosecution Service

26/02/2008

Seven men have been convicted following the landmark 'terrorist training camps' trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter-Terrorism Division said: "These were the first prosecutions for providing training for terrorism and attending a place for the purpose of terrorism training under the Terrorism Act 2006. There were, however, even more serious charges involved in this case.

"Our case was that Mohammed Hamid and Attila Ahmet had incited others to commit murder during meetings at Hamid's house and at terrorist training camps in the British countryside; that they and others had attended those camps to train others or to be trained for terrorism. Ahmet admitted his guilt before the trial got under way and Hamid has been found guilty by the jury at Woolwich Crown Court.

"No-one should be in any doubt as to how serious Hamid and Ahmet were in encouraging their recruits to inflict casualties on innocent people. Hamid is a man for whom the indiscriminate killing of 52 people on 7 July 2005 was, in his own words: 'not even breakfast for me'.

"The defendants were filmed by each other undertaking what we showed to be serious military-style training, including manoeuvres that replicated Taliban and Al-Qaeda training methods.

"We would like to pay tribute to the professionalism and bravery of the undercover police officer who infiltrated and secretly recorded this group, providing evidence that was so compelling and central to the case.

"We would also like to thank the jury for their close attention throughout this long trial. It is very important that people who are charged with terrorism activities have a fair trial and are judged according to the due process of the law.

"The verdicts in this case should act as a warning to those who would recruit, train and urge others to kill innocent people, no matter what the perceived cause, that the CPS will continue to prosecute terrorism cases with vigour."

  1. The trial started on 8 October 2007.
  2. Mohammed Hamid was charged with:
    • five counts of soliciting to murder (Guilty x 3, Not Guilty x 2),
    • three counts of providing terrorism training (3 x Guilty),
    • one count of providing firearms training (Not Guilty),
    • one count of possessing information likely to be of use to a person planning an act of terrorism (Not Guilty on Judge's direction).
  3. Atilla Ahmet was charged with three counts of soliciting murder and pleaded Guilty to all charges before the start of the trial.
  4. Mousa Brown was charged with:
    • one count of providing weapons training (Not Guilty),
    • One count of receiving weapons training (Not Guilty).
  5. Kibley Da Costa was charged with:
    • one count of providing training for terrorism (Guilty),
    • two counts of attending a place for the purpose of terrorism training (2 x Guilty), and
    • one count of possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (Guilty).
  6. Kader Ahmed was charged with:
    • three counts of attendance at a place for the purpose of terrorism training (1 x Not Guilty, 2 x Guilty).
  7. Mohammed al Figari was charged with:
    • two counts of attendance at a place for the purpose of terrorism training (2 x Guilty),
    • three counts of possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (2 x Guilty, 1 x Not Guilty).
  8. Mohammed Kyriacou was charged with:
    • three counts of attendance at a place for the purpose of terrorism training (2 x Guilty, 1 x Not Guilty) and
    • three counts of possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (1 x Guilty, 2 x Not guilty).
  9. Yassin Mutegombwa was charged with:
    • three counts of attendance at a place for the purpose of terrorism training (2 x Guilty, 1 x Not Guilty) and
    • two counts of possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (2 x Not Guilty).
  10. Reporting restrictions on these defendants have now been lifted.
  11. Hamid and Ahmet will be sentenced on 7 March 2008 at Woolwich Crown Court.
  12. Facts & Figures:
    • The prosecution case included 432 pages of audio transcripts, covering meetings taking place in a variety of locations over 12 months.
    • There were 106 prosecution witnesses and statements.
  13. For further information, contact CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8079.