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£33,000 confiscated from Birmingham bomb plotters

10/01/2014

The Crown Prosecution Service was yesterday (Thursday 9 January) granted confiscation orders by a judge at Woolwich Crown Court against six men convicted last year in relation to the preparation of terrorist acts. Ifran Naseer, Ifran Khalid, Ashik Ali, Rahin Ahmed, Bahader Ali and Mujahid Hussain have been ordered to pay a total of £33,032.87 under section 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Karen Jones, of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "In February of last year, Ifran Naseer, Ifran Khalid and Ashik Ali were convicted of planning a terrorist attack which, had they not been stopped, could have been catastrophic. Naseer and Khalid travelled to Pakistan for expert training before returning to the UK where they, together with others, engaged in preparation for terrorist acts and discussed attacks involving up to eight rucksack bombs.

"All of this required funding and the six men who are now subject to this confiscation order were involved in deceiving the people of Birmingham by undertaking street collections under the guise of legitimate charity collectors for Muslim Aid and for a local madrasah the Madrasah-e-Ashraful Uloom.

"These two charities only received in total about £2,500 from the thousands of pounds that was effectively stolen from the community to fund a potentially deadly terrorist attack.

"Today demonstrates that our fight against terrorism is not limited to removing dangerous individuals from our streets, it also involves removing the funds that allow terrorists to travel abroad and plot to cause loss of life in this country."

David Trovato, of the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service is determined to deprive criminals of their assets and to ensure that the victims of crime are compensated wherever possible. We are pleased that over £33,000 will be recovered from the assets of the six men, and that the court has ordered that all of this money should be given to the two charities by way of compensation. 

"Over the past decade, the amount successfully confiscated from criminals has gone up from £25m to more than £150m a year - with the CPS responsible for recovering more than two thirds of that in 2012/13. We have over 100 specialist confiscation prosecutors across the country working hard to ensure that crime doesn't pay including in the context of terrorism cases where money, even in small amounts, can lead to devastating results."

Additional Information:

80% of the compensation order is to be awarded to Muslim Aid and 20% is to be awarded to Madrasah-e-Ashraful Uloom. The compensation orders were made under section 130 of the Powers of Criminal Court Sentencing Act 2000.

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Notes to Editors

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