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Four Luton men jailed for preparation of terrorist acts

18/04/2013

Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain were today sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court having pleaded guilty on 1 March 2013 to one count contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, the preparation of terrorism acts.

Deborah Walsh, deputy head of Counter Terrorism at the CPS, said: "Four dangerous and committed terrorists are today starting lengthy prison sentences where they will no longer be a threat to the British public.

"Zahid Iqbal was a terrorist facilitator who arranged for individuals to travel to Pakistan for extremist purposes. Iqbal arranged one such visit for Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed in March 2011.

"Ahmed was engaged in the radicalisation and recruitment of others for an extremist cause and recruits included his co-defendants Arshad and Hussain. Ahmed and others undertook physical and mental training which was sometimes carried out in Snowdonia, North Wales. This was a favourite destination with Ahmed due to its apparent resemblance to the mountains of Pakistan and he was observed there carrying out regimental hikes, press-ups and runs.

"All four men have shown a deep commitment to engage in violent "Jihad". In April 2011, Iqbal and Ahmed discussed an attack on the Territorial Army base in Luton using explosives placed on a remote controlled car. Independent forensic evidence has confirmed the device was viable.

"The police and Security Service succeeded in stopping these men before they were able to harm innocent lives. But the case highlights the continued threat posed by UK based terrorists and the complex web of international support that informs and encourages their dangerous and destructive plans. It is also a reminder that terrorist activity committed abroad can and will be prosecuted in UK courts." 

Sentence details: 
  • ZAHID IQBAL: An extended sentence of 16 years 3 months comprising a custodial element of 11 years 3 months and an extended licence period of 5 years. Terrorism Act notification requirement for 30 years 
  • MOHAMMED SHARFARAZ AHMED: An extended sentence of 16 years 3 months comprising a custodial element of 11 years 3 months and an extended licence period of 5 years. Terrorism Act notification requirement for 30 years 
  • UMAR ARSHAD: A sentence of imprisonment of 6 years 9 months. Terrorism Act notification requirement for 15 years 
  • SYED FARHAN HUSSAIN: A sentence of imprisonment of 5 years 3 months. Terrorism Act notification requirement for 15 years.

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