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Mohammed Ammer Ali found guilty of trying to buy ricin

29/07/2015

Today at the Old Bailey, Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, from Liverpool, has been found guilty of attempting to acquire a poison, Ricin.

The court heard how Ali had sought to buy the deadly toxin from the Evolution Marketplace, a black market website hidden in what is known as the "dark web".  However, the person Ali attempted to buy the toxin from was an FBI agent posing as a seller who then alerted North West Counter Terrorism Unit leading to Mr Ali's arrest.

Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, Sue Hemming, said: "The jury has today roundly rejected Mohammed Ali's claim that he was trying to understand the workings of the dark web and wanted to buy ricin, a deadly toxin, for a 'peaceful purpose'.

"Ricin is a naturally occurring poison which is fatal even in very small doses. Ali knew the dangers of ricin and had been researching poisons for months before he attempted to obtain it. The evidence also showed that he was planning to test it on an animal that he was hoping to buy.

"Today shows yet again that even in the case of crimes committed in the darkest corners of the internet, criminals can be caught and convicted."

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