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21/7 bomber's wife and others found guilty of terrorism offences


The wife of Hussein Osman, one of the four men found guilty of conspiracy to murder London commuters 14 days after the 7/7 bombings, was today found guilty with others of assisting an offender and failing to give information to the police. Two other defendants were cleared by the jury.

Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said:

"Yeshiemebet Girma, her brother and her sister actively helped her husband, Hussein Osman, in the aftermath of the explosions and broke the law by not telling the police.

"She had prior knowledge of what Osman intended to do and could have attempted to prevent the attacks however she failed to do so.

"The jury at the Old Bailey heard that Yeshiemebet Girma and her accomplices assisted her husband in many ways after the attacks, by helping him escape to Brighton, disposing of incriminating materials relating to Osman and researching the media and internet to discover whether the police were aware of Osman's involvement in the events of 21/7."

A sixth defendant, Mohamed Kabashi, who was also involved, pleaded guilty before the trial began.

In February five other men also were convicted of actively assisting the 21/7 bombers.

Miss Walsh said: "This is the third trial connected to the 21/7 attacks, and the second relating to the people who assisted the bombers.

"Due to the number of people involved in the case, it was necessary to have several trials in order to make sure that the jurors understood the evidence presented to them.

"These convictions also show how much effort and dedication the whole prosecution team put in to present evidence powerfully and intelligibly to the jury and make the prosecution a success."

  1. Yeshiemebet Girma, Esayas Girma, Mulumebet Girma, Mohamed Kabashi, Omer Nagmeldin Almagboul and Shadi Sami Abedelgadir were charged with assisting an offender, contrary to section 4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967. Maximum sentence varies according to the gravity of the other person's offence.
  2. Yeshiemebet Girma, Esayas Girma, Mulumebet Girma, Mohamed Kabashi, Omer Nagmeldin Almagboul and Shadi Sami Abedelgadir were charged with failing to provide information about acts of terrorism, contrary to section 38B (1) (b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. The maximum sentence for this offence is five years imprisonment.
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