Birmingham IS Member Guilty Of PM Murder Plot
19 July 2018, 08:51
A terrorist for so-called Islamic State has been found guilty of a plot to behead the Prime Minister.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, originally from Birmingham, planned to bomb the gates of 10 Downing Street, kill guards and then attack Theresa May with a knife or gun.
The 20-year-old thought he was being helped by an IS handler last November when in fact he was talking to undercover officers.
Following an Old Bailey trial, he was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism in Britain.
Midway through the trial, he admitted helping his friend Mohammed Aqib Imran to join IS in Libya by recording an IS sponsorship video.
Imran, 22, from south-east Birmingham, was found guilty of having a terrorist handbook after the jury deliberated for 13 hours.
The jury is still deliberating on a charge against Imran of preparing terrorist acts abroad.
Rahman came to the attention of police in August last year when he was arrested on suspicion of sending indecent images to underage girls, but never charged.
An examination of his mobile phone raised concern he may be harbouring extremist views.
Rahman made contact with an FBI agent posing as an IS official online, who introduced him to an MI5 role-player.
The defendant revealed his plans, saying: "I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.
"There are lorries here with big gas tankers, if a brother can drive it next to Parliament I will bomb."
On 18th November last year, Rahman carried out reconnaissance around Whitehall.
Two days later, he bought a rucksack from Argos before meeting an undercover officer in Brixton for it to be fitted with explosives.
On 28th November last year, the officer handed back Rahman's rucksack and coat - now packed with dummy explosives - and replica pepper spray.
Rahman told the officer he was "good to go" but was arrested as he walked away carrying the fake bomb in Kensington.
Imran denied all the charges against him and Rahman had denied preparing terrorist acts.
Rahman is expected to be sentenced today (19th July).