Crevice Raids/Arrests - Spring 2004

Five life sentences, two acquittals: Peering deeper into the Crevice 7/07 case.

Crevice Raids/Arrests - Spring 2004

Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

11 May 2007, 16:40 #1

The ‘Operation Crevice’ police raids took place on March 30th 2004.

Amongst the homes searched in March 2004 were the Luton residences of Aftab Manzoor and Afzal Munir who, it has been reported, were ‘said to have been killed’ in November 2001 whilst fighting in Afghanistan, in November 2001. Another BBC report mentions that the UK Foreign Office had not confirmed the deaths of the three British men, [however] according to Hasan Butt, leader of the al-Muhajiroun in Lahore, Pakistan , Afzal Munir and Aftab Manzoor, both 25 and from Luton, were killed in the Afghan capital Kabul. A third man, Yasir Khan from Crawley [another ‘Crevice’ link] was also reported killed and some unconfirmed reports referred to a fourth Mohammad Umar who also died.


From this article:
Last week British police raided the Luton homes of Aftab Manzoor and Afzal Munir, two British Muslims who were reported to have been fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, and to have been killed during a bombing raid on Kabul shortly after the attacks of September 2001.  Luton is a centre of radical groups, including al-Muhajiroun, which attract young, disaffected Muslims likely to be targeted by terrorist recruiters.

An anti-terrorist source said: "There may be an informal network of talent spotters feeding into an al-Qa'ida sympathiser."  Nine British men, all Muslims of Pakistani origin, remained in custody yesterday. They were arrested last week in a series of raids in and around London, during which half a tonne of ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser which can be mixed with diesel oil to make bombs, was found in a storage facility. The arrest period for the eight held last Tuesday expired yesterday, but police obtained an extension until this Tuesday under the anti-terrorism laws.

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In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984
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Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

14 May 2007, 09:23 #2

From a Times article, 'British terror plot foiled by the spies from the Puzzle Palace', from 7th April 2004, not on-line anymore, however a copy remains here. This article was I believe (one of) the first to try to provide a summary of the Crevice plot, rather than just provide news reports of the various arrests etc.

There is very little verifiable info, but the article does mention that the week before the Crevice raids at the end of March 2004, ‘websites operated by some members of the British arm of al-Muhajiroun were taken offline, apparently without the group’s co-operation.' This does give a timestamp which may be used.

There is also mention of how the plot was initially uncovered, i.e. the plot was discovered as a result of an alleged interception of communication between Britain and Pakistan, involving the mythical Al-Qaeda bigwig Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This appears to be security briefing nonsense, to 'big up' the story.

The Times April 07, 2004
British terror plot foiled by the spies from the Puzzle Palace
Adam Nathan, Gareth Walsh and David Leppard
Message intercept linked to Al-Qaeda

The al-Muhajiroun extremists are believed to have infiltrated the Langley Green mosque near the men’s homes.

“There were rumours that people in Crawley were being encouraged by someone at Langley Green mosque to go on jihad and for terrorism,” said one Muslim youth.

Last week, the mosque denied the allegations.

Less than a week before the raids, websites operated by some members of the British arm of al-Muhajiroun were taken offline, apparently without the group’s co-operation.

Anyone trying to visit the pages was confronted with a message telling them that access was forbidden and giving a stern warning that their request “should not be repeated”.

Just hours after the arrests, however, one of the sites displayed a warning suggesting a repeat of the Madrid bombing “is promised in the UK”.

Some of those arrested are believed to be computer experts.  During the raids, police seized eight laptops and five desktop computers from an internet cafe in Langley Green.

Police computer experts are scouring e-mail records from the cafe for links between the arrested suspects and senior militants in Pakistan, as the intelligence agencies try to establish links between nine British terror suspects and senior militants in Pakistan.

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Note: The link in the above article 'being encouraged by someone at Langley Green mosque to go on jihad' is mine. It ties in with the previous post of the Crawley/Luton 3 who were encouraged by al-Muhajiroun to go abroad & were apparently killed in Kabul, during a US rocket attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Now that the trial has concluded, were any links between [the] British terror suspects and senior militants in Pakistan, identified?

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Copy of cached telegraph article at encouraged by someone at Langley Green mosque link:
'Brainwashed' Britons killed in rocket attack

By Nicola Woolcock
Last Updated: 11:29pm GMT 28/10/2001

ISLAMIC extremists who encourage young British Muslims to fight in Afghanistan are "whipping up problems", a mosque leader said yesterday.

Masood Akhdal, the Iman at Luton Central Mosque, criticised hardline groups after three Muslims who left the Bedfordshire town to join Taliban forces were killed. The three men and another man, believed to be from south London, died in a US rocket attack on Kabul, according to al-Muhajiroun, the radical Islamic group.

The fundamentalist organisation has warned of a "war within Britain" if British Muslims are charged with treason for fighting with the Taliban.

A spokesman for the group said that the four died when a missile hit their Taliban base. He named one as Muhamed Omar, in his late 30s, from Luton.

The others are believed to have been Aftab Mansoor and Afzal Munir, both 25 and also from Luton, along with the unidentified fourth man. The men are the first Britons to have died in the Afghan conflict.

It prompted criticism of al-Muhajiroun from Mr Akhdal, who said: "This is a very bad situation in Luton. There are some organisations here like al-Muhajiroun and they deliberately set out to excite the young men with talk of jihad.

"But they don't go themselves, they stay here in Britain. Why don't they go themselves? They are just whipping up problems. Believe me, families are against their sons going out to Afghanistan. No parent wants a son to die."

The men are thought to have died early last week. Their families left Britain and flew out to Pakistan when told of the deaths.

Luton has a Muslim population of about 20,000. Mansoor lived with his family and worked as a driver, while his wife and daughter remained in Pakistan.

Munir also lived with his family. Neighbours said they had not seen him for around a month but described him as "a smashing boy".

One member of Luton's Muslim community said: "They are exploited and lured into the fantasy world where they are brainwashed into believing America and the West are evil."

Al-Muhajiroun claims that nearly 1,000 British Muslims have arrived in Afghanistan since September 11. A spokesman in Lahore, Pakistan, said: "The men were here to engage in jihad against the US and its allies.

"I have personally met almost 1,000 British mujahideen in the last few weeks. There are more fighters joining jihad from Britain than anywhere else in the West - about 60 per cent of the total.

"It should serve as a strong warning to the British government. We do not recognise British or any man-made laws so British Muslims will not be afraid of being charged with treason. They observe only Allah's law.

"But if they started charging people with treason, they could open a whole new war within Britain. There could well be attacks on British political institutions like Downing Street and Whitehall and on military installations."
In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984
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14 May 2007, 15:30 #3

A round-up of the addresses searched in relation to Operation Crevice. The dates searched were on the 30th March, unless otherwise noted. Ones that are of interest are Wasim Gulzar's house at 2 The Hollow; Grovelands Road; 88 Maiden Lane; and Stratford Road, where Quayyum's house may have been searched. Also arrested is Azhar Shazad Khan (uncle of Khyam) who was planning to leave the country with his nephews on 6th April.

16, Colley House, Whitehall Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2NZ

Arrested: Nabeel Hussain
Description:

Friars Rookery

Description: scrubland nearby searched

Northgate Avenue

Description: Crawley College car park searched

88, Maiden Lane, Crawley, RH11 7RH

Arrested: Nadeem Ashraf (released on bail)
Dates searched: 1st April 2004
Description: A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the arrested man was in his 20s, and of Pakistani descent. He said it was ridiculous that the man had been arrested. "He's got nothing to do with it, he could not let off a banger," the neighbour said. The neighbour's father, a prominent figure at the Langley Green mosque, said he was "upset" because coverage of the arrests were giving the mosque a bad name.

49, Herschel Street, Slough, SL1 1PB

Description: Universal Internet

Flat ?, Robin Court, 2, Turnstone Close, London, NW9 5DP

Description: The flat of Anthony Garcia's girlfriend

Room 440, Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport, Povey Cross Road, Horley, RH6 0BA
Room 442, Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport, Povey Cross Road, Horley, RH6 0BA


Arrrested: Omar Khyam (Room 440) & Waheed Mahmood

Overstone Road, Luton, LU4

Description: Two properties searched belonging to the Amin family. Believed to be nos. 69 and 78. an elderly Asian couple who had lived in the street for about 15 years were led away by police // Neighbours said a mother and father lived at one house, and their daughter, her husband and sister lived at the other on the opposite side of the road.

Stratford Road, Luton

Description: Possibly the home of Quayyum Khan.

19, Lime Close, Crawley, RH11 7NN

Arrested: Khan, Ahmad (released)
Description: Ahmad Khan is the cousin of Omar Khyam

13, Langley Parade, Crawley, RH11 7RS

Description: PCUK (internet cafe). Apparently operating since January '04.

63, Juniper Road, Crawley, RH11 7NU

Description: The family home of Jawad Akbar. At Juniper Close, Crawley, police arrested a man said to work for LSG Sky Chefs, a company supplying airline food.

90, Langley Drive, Crawley, RH11 7TG

Description: The family home of Waheed Mahmood.

145-147, Boston Road, London, W7 3SA

Description: Access Self-Storage

Hencroft Street South, Slough, SL1

Arrested: One person
Description: The residence of Omar Khyam, possibly flat 456. slightly built man of North African origin who lived in the converted property, but Dr Pisano described him as being in his late 20s

Warrington Avenue, Slough

Grovelands Road, Reading

Arrested: One person (later released)
Description: An IT worker was arrested. An Irish woman (Samantha Shannon) who lived there, and who is thought to work at a school in the area, did not appear to be at home. Neighbours said she had a young (17) lodger of Pakistani origin staying there.

2, The Hollow, Crawley, RH11 8BT

Description: Home of Wasim Gulzar. Meeting between MSK and Omar Khyam on the 21st February happened here. father and sons who lived there all worked for a minicab firm which operated from Gatwick // At Gossops Green, Crawley, police raided a house said to belong to an Asian family. Martyn Tidd, a neighbour, said: "I think there is a father and several sons and they all work as taxi drivers."

Chester Avenue, Luton

Bury Park, Luton

Asthall Gardens, Barkingside, IG6 1EX

Arrested: Anthony Garcia
Description: 10 people living here
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Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

08 Jun 2007, 11:03 #4

A Radio 4 Today report from Wednesday March 31th 2004, the early morning after the operation Crevice arrests following raids on 24 premises.

06:40 Eight men are still being held after anti-terrorism raids in England

Note how the reporter states that 'precious little' is known, however the memes of fertiliser explosive truck bombs at civilian targets- Shopping Centres are dropped in.

"That certainly seems to be the lines along which security people are thinking".

This is before any of the suspects were apparently interviewed.
In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984
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19 Oct 2007, 12:23 #5

amirrortotheenemy @ May 14 2007, 03:30 PM wrote:19, Lime Close, Crawley, RH11 7NN

Arrested: Khan, Ahmad (released)
Description: Ahmad Khan is the cousin of Omar Khyam

2, The Hollow, Crawley, RH11 8BT
Description: Home of Wasim Gulzar. Meeting between MSK and Omar Khyam on the 21st February happened here. father and sons who lived there all worked for a minicab firm which operated from Gatwick // At Gossops Green, Crawley, police raided a house said to belong to an Asian family. Martyn Tidd, a neighbour, said: "I think there is a father and several sons and they all work as taxi drivers."
From the blog post extract below, these two people appear to have been witnesses at the Crevice trial, although it is not clear whether they were for the prosecution or the defence.
Witnesses:
Mohammed Junaid Babar (Currently awaiting trial in USA)
Mohammed Momin Khawaja (Currently awaiting trial in Canada)
Ahmed Ali Khan (Cousin of Omar Khyam)
Gulzar

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In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984
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19 Oct 2007, 14:15 #6

Just found details of an injunction issued on 1st April 2004, two days after the Crevice arrests:
LEGAL SECRETARIAT TO THE LAW OFFICERS

NOTE TO EDITORS

POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO OFFENCES UNDER THE TERRORISM ACT 2000



The police have recently made a number of arrests in relation to an investigation under the Terrorism Act 2000.  The police have confirmed that identification is an issue in this case.  Therefore the publication of photographs of any of those arrested has the potential to prejudice any future proceedings.

The Attorney General confirms that an interim injunction has today been granted by Newman J against News Group Newspapers Limited, Rebekah Wade, MGN Limited and Piers Morgan, who were not in attendance at the hearing today. The terms of the injunction are as follows:

‘The Defendants be restrained until further Order, whether by themselves, their servants or agents or otherwise howsoever from publishing or causing or permitting to be published any photographs of any of the eight men arrested on 30 March 2004 in connection with alleged terrorist offences, namely Anthony Garcia aka Rahman Adam, Jawad Akbar, Omar Khyam, Azhar Shazad Khan, Waheed Mahoud, Nabeel Hussain, Ahmed Ali Khan and Shujah-ud-din Mahmood or any other men or any women who are arrested in the future in connection with those offences or otherwise visually identifying any of them’.

This injunction extends the temporary injunction granted by Newman J yesterday.

The Attorney General reminds editors that the proceedings are active within the meaning of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and reminds them of their obligations not to engage in conduct, nor publish material, including comment, that might create a substantial risk of serious prejudice to the course of justice in any proceedings that may follow.

He urges all newspapers, broadcasters and other parties to exercise restraint and to consider carefully the publication of any information in connection with these matters in the course of the investigation.  This is to ensure that the investigation is not hindered and to ensure that should any person be charged with any offences arising out of this investigation a fair trial is not compromised by prejudicial prior publicity.


The Legal Secretariat To The Law Officers
Attorney General’s Chambers
9 Buckingham Gate
London SW1E 6JP

1 April 2004

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In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984
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Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

25 Nov 2007, 21:26 #7

Report to: Sussex Police Authority
Date: 22 July 2004
Title of report: Report of the Community Engagement Steering Group
By: The Clerk
Purpose of report: To inform the Police Authority about matters considered by the Community Engagement Steering Group at its meeting on 23
June 2004.

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7. Operation Crevice and Community Relations in Crawley

7.1 The CESG was informed of the outcome of a public meeting in Crawley which took place following Operation Crevice in April 2004. This was the arrest of people suspected of offences under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2000. The meeting was attended principally by members of the Muslim communities in Crawley and was arranged to allow discussion of the operation and subsequent developments.

7.2 The meeting heard the concerns of the community. Many longstanding Muslim residents of Crawley stressed the law abiding nature of the Muslim community and expressed concerns about the effect of recent developments on how Muslims saw themselves and were perceived by members of other communities. In Crawley there had been a long tradition of good community relations, which had been developed as a result of a great deal of hard work by many people, including the Police, over a long period of time.

7.3 The Chairman and the Clerk of the Police Authority, who attended the meeting as observers, subsequently congratulated Sussex Police on the way in which the meeting had been conducted.
Source: Sussex Police Authority [PDF]
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