Joined: 1:46 AM - Nov 26, 2005

11:52 AM - Mar 08, 2007 #15

Most freed after terror arrests

Scene of Forest Gate raid in June 2006

Some 652 of the arrests did not result in charges
Fewer than a fifth of people held in anti-terror inquiries in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 have been charged with terrorism-related crimes.

The Home Office figures show that of the 1,166 people detained, just 221 were charged by the end of last year.

Officials said the arrests were made with public protection in mind - 186 people faced non-terrorism charges.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission said "heavy handed and discriminatory" policies had ruined innocent lives.

The Home Office data shows there were 1,126 arrests under the Terrorism Acts of 2000 and 2006 in the period between 11 September 2001 and the end of 2006.

There were 40 arrests under laws other than the Terrorism Act, but as part of a terrorism investigation.

Among the other information that can be gleaned from the figures are that:

# The 1,166 arrests led to 40 convictions under anti-terrorism laws and 180 convictions under other legislation.

# 98 people are on, or are awaiting, trial.

# 652 of the those arrested were released without charge.

# 186 people were charged with non-terrorism offences including murder, firearms and explosives offences or fraud.

# 74 people were handed to the immigration authorities and two face extradition proceedings.

A Home Office spokeswoman said police had to make decisions over arrests based on "the circumstances presented to them", and take into account the need to conduct an effective investigation and protect the public.

Intelligence led

The data did not specify the ethnic or religious background of those arrested but the Muslim community has contended it has been disproportionately targeted.

The IHRC called for a review of the laws.

Its chairman Massoud Shadjareh said: "It does not inspire confidence in those entrusted with our safety that less than 3.5% of those arrested under anti-terror laws are convicted in what are supposedly intelligence-led operations."

Human rights group Liberty said the data showed why attempts to extend the length of time people can be held without charge should be resisted.

Director Shami Chakrabarti said: "Inevitably, more people are arrested than charged and more are charged than convicted, yet this is all the more reason to make sure that innocent people are not locked up for longer and longer periods in pre-charge detention."

These people are innocent yet the cops will get a nice bunch of profiles, fingerprints and DNA to add to their database.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 1:46 AM - Nov 26, 2005

6:28 PM - Feb 08, 2008 #16

Terror Suspect Sent From UK to Spain

2 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — A Moroccan man accused of links to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been extradited from Britain to Spain, British police said Friday.

Farid Hilali, 39, was deported on a flight from Brize Norton air force base, west of London.

Hilali was arrested in Britain in 2004 on terrorism charges after he was named with 34 others — including Osama bin Laden — as an alleged conspirator in the 2001 attacks in the United States.

Spanish authorities suspect Hilali of having been part of an al-Qaida cell in Spain that was allegedly set up and led by Syrian-born Spaniard Imad Yarkas.

In 2006 Spain's Supreme Court overturned Yarkas' conviction on a charge of conspiracy to murder in connection with the 9/11 attacks. Yarkas remains in prison on a separate conviction of belonging to a terrorist organization.

Hilali's lawyers say he is a victim of mistaken identity and fear he will be sent to his native Morocco, where he could be tortured.

9/11 suspect extradited to Spain to face trial

By Duncan Gardham
Last Updated: 3:55pm GMT 08/02/2008

A Moroccan man accused of being a key link to the September 11 hijackers has been extradited to Spain, accused of the murder of the 2,973 victims.

Fahrid Hilali, who moved to Britain in 1987 planning to become a student, is said to have telephoned one of the ring leaders two weeks before the attacks on America and told him "we have slit the throat of the bird".

Using the alias "Shakur," he allegedly told Abu Dahdah in Madrid, that he was taking "very good lessons" in the "aviation sector".

It is also alleged that he participated in a "training course" in Tunbridge Wells in 1997.

On another occasion Dahdah is said to have referred to Hilali and another man he lived with as "like two bombs together".

Dahdah, whose real name is Barakat Yarkas, was sentenced to 27 years in jail in a Madrid court for conspiracy to murder and heading a terrorist organisation.

Hilali, 39, was arrested in June 2004 and was flown out of RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday.

The Spanish want to try Hilali for the murder of all 2,973 victims of the September 11 attacks claiming he was more significant than Dahdah.

Hilali's lawyers had fought a long legal battle against the extradition, arguing that he is not Shakur and even if he was, the evidence against him is not sufficient to extradite him to Spain on a European Arrest Warrant.

Alan Jones QC had told the High Court the case against Hilali was "absurd."

Mr Jones described the telephone calls as "Delphic" and added: "It is our submission that the phone call of the appellant is so enigmatic and full of gaps that it doesn't amount to a conspiracy to kill."

It was said that the Spanish authorities have maintained throughout Dahdah's case that Shakur is an "individual who is not identifiable."

Hilali claims he was identified as Shakur only after he made an asylum application following his arrest in September 2003 for immigration offences."Shakur" is said to have phoned Dahdah on August 6, telling him he had to do some "important things" in a month and a few days' time.

In another call on August 27 he is said to have told him, the "most important thing is the target" and in a call on September 26 he is said to have told Dahdah he was "sick," apparently referring to being watched by security services.

The arrest warrant said that Hilali was linked "consistently and firmly with the leaders of al-Qa'eda."

It said that through Abu Dahdah, he could also be linked to Abu Qatada, the radical cleric currently in Belmarsh jail, and Mohammed Atta, the September 11 plotter who was based in Hamburg, Germany.

Hilali left Britain in 1998 to travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Afghanistan but he was arrested in Karachi where he was deported back to the UAE and then back to Morrocco.

He was eventually released and returned to Britain via Spain but says the authorities colluded to ruin his life and he had been tortured "like a dog."

In court papers he said: "I believe the only reason why Spain seeks my extradition is so I can be deported back to Morocco where I will immediately be arrested and tortured."

�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 2:18 AM - Jul 05, 2007

9:25 PM - Nov 04, 2008 #17

The Antagonist @ Oct 1 2006, 01:03 AM wrote:
Saturday, 30 September 2006, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK

Police concern after man abducted

A 55-year-old man has been abducted in the southside of Glasgow.

Javed Mukhtar was last seen on Saturday morning in Shawmoss Road, near Pollok Country Park.

Strathclyde Police confirmed they had been called to the area after members of the public reported seeing men with what appeared to be a firearm.

However, no further details have been released. A spokesman for the police urged anyone with any information to contact them.

Source: BBC
BBC Radio 4 just aired a programme heavily featuring some special pleading for the man described as the "ringleader" of the kidnapping, Darren Wright, and his intended appeal against sentence. The programme claimed Wright 'believed' the extortion attempt was justified because a member of the victim's family was 'defrauding money' in order to fund troops fighting against coalition forces.

Although still criminally responsible for his action, Wright did get two years taken off his sentence because he was suffering from bipolar disorder and depression.

£2.5m kidnap gang jailed for 43 years

By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:45AM BST 27 Jun 2007

Six members of a paramilitary-style gang who held a businessman hostage and demanded a £2.5 million ransom were jailed for a total of 43 years yesterday.

Javed Mukhtar, 58, a shopkeeper, was led at gunpoint from his home in Glasgow by hooded men in army clothes who were looking for his son, Bilal 25.

He was bundled into the back of a van and spent three weeks in captivity, handcuffed, hooded, and with his legs in irons or immobilised by tape.

His family were told in telephone calls that he could be murdered if they failed to pay the ransom.

Mr Mukhtar was held at three sites in the Manchester area. He was eventually released after undercover police handed over £400,000 in a suitcase on the M6.

Thinking their plan had succeeded, the gang released Mr Mukhtar who was found in Warrington, Cheshire.

The kidnappers were rounded up with the help of a tracking device in the suitcase. Yesterday, at the end of the UK's longest kidnapping case, involving 800 officers, Lord Hodge sentenced the gang - who had earlier pleaded guilty - at the High Court in Glasgow.

Darren Wright, 31, of Heywood, Lancs, an ex-Royal Artillery lance bombardier, and the ringleader, was jailed for 11 years and three months.

The judge ignored his plea that at the time he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing dead bodies in Afghanistan.

Peter Haining, 28, also of Heywood, a college teacher and ex-Marine, who had a machine gun strapped across his chest during the abduction, was jailed for 12 years and six months.

Craig Adams, 23, of Middleton, Bury, Lancs, the van driver, received four years and 10 months, and David Smith, 37, of Heywood, who allowed his home to be used, was given five years and three months.

Leslie White, 65, of Craigavon, Co Armagh, who spent three weeks threatening Mr Mukhtar's family, was sentenced to four years and 10 months, and Ian Rosales, 19, of Heywood, was given three years.

When the gang first appeared in court earlier this year, Lord Hodge saw a video of the abduction on Sept 29 last year taken by CCTV in the Mukhtar home, where the family was celebrating Ramadan.

Inside were Mr Mukhtar and his wife Shamim, their daughter, Aaisha, 27, sons Rizwan, 24, Rahan, 21, and Bilal, 25, known as "Billy", and his wife Sumeara, and their two-week-old baby.

Haining and Wright were armed with Russian automatic weapons. They took Mr Mukhtar after being told that Bilal was not present.

The court heard that the background to the abduction and extortion attempt remains a mystery.

At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, Wright claimed that the intention was to abduct Bilal, who he alleged was involved in a VAT fraud.

He also told the judge that "dangerous people" had employed him to carry out the job and that he could not identify them.
Lord Hodge told the gang: "It's clear you were providing a professional criminal service for financial gain to other persons who are unknown."

Leslie White, 65, of Craigavon, County Armagh, a former Northern Ireland paramilitary, did most of the negotiating for the ransom, and Ian Rosales, 19, of Thorn Close, helped uplift the ransom money.

But Duncan, what men believe isn't important - it's our actions which make us right or wrong. - Alasdair Gray - Lanark

Joined: 10:57 PM - Jan 24, 2006

10:17 PM - Mar 22, 2009 #18

Bridget @ Oct 25 2006, 05:47 PM wrote:
A Letter from a Muslim Detainee in One of the Strictest Prisons in Britain

As-Salam-o-Alaikum w.a.w

My name is “Faraj Hassan” born in Libya in 1980. I was detained on the 16th May 2002 at my brother’s home in London; two months after arriving in this country. I am a Muslim from Libya, the country whose government’s name was recently taken off the terrorist list & was believed to be one of the axes of evil.
22 March 2009: 4:45pm |

Home News Crime News
Muslim terrorist living in the Midlands

Mar 22 2009 by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury

Hamza the Libyan slipped through Home Office loophole

A TERROR convict accused by Italian prosecutors of “brainwashing” young Muslims is living in the Midlands.

Faraj Hassan Al-Sa’idi was described as the “European envoy” of Iraqi terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi when he was tried in his absence in Italy.

Yet Faraj, 28, is now living in Leicester, despite being found guilty of belonging to a terrorist association by an Italian court for his alleged role in a 2002 terrorism plot.

Faraj is also listed on the United Nations Sanctions Committee’s permanent register of Al Qaida and Taliban members, and has had his assets frozen by the UN.

He is also on Interpol’s website, although he is not subject to any current arrest warrants.

Faraj – known as “Hamza the Libyan” – has also been banned by the Bank of England from opening an account in the UK.

He came to Britain in 2002 and was convicted that same year of possessing and handling a stolen British passport.

Italian authorities claim he has attended training camps in Afghanistan and that they bugged telephone conversations between Faraj and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of Al Qaida in Iraq, who was killed in July 2006.

They also claim Faraj obtained a number of satellite phones to communicate with overseas groups and that he was one of the first Al Qaida-trained operatives to plot attacks inside the EU.

He was previously accused by Italian prosecutors of being a member of an international cell engaged in the planning and preparation of terrorist attacks across Europe.

Members of the gang were charged with procuring false documents, raising funds for terrorism and carrying out the “brainwashing” of those who were to carry out terrorist acts.

The Italians claimed that by September 2002 they had evidence to show that the gang intended to carry out a terrorist attack in a European country and issued an extradition warrant for Faraj.

In May 2004 Faraj was remanded in prison to await the Home Secretary’s decision on extradition – but the British government failed to send him back to Italy when they missed a legal deadline in October 2005.

According to the UN, Faraj was convicted in 2006 and sentenced in absentia to five years and 10 months for membership of a terrorist association by the Appeal Court of Milan on February 7 last year.

He was held at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire on immigration charges until 2007, when he was released without charge to continue living in Leicester.

Speaking to a website shortly after his release from Long Lartin, Faraj denied involvement in the Milan terror cell and said he would welcome a trial in Italy.

“I wanted to fight this case in Italy because I was confident there was no evidence against me,” he said.

“I was innocent of all the charges alleged against me.

‘‘But Libya itself is a state of Italy and I have no doubt that once extradited to Italy I would be deported back to Tripoli where I face torture and even the death penalty.” ... -23201047/
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

Joined: 3:26 PM - Dec 19, 2006

5:57 PM - Jun 30, 2011 #19

Rise in number of freed terrorists raises security fears

Home Office review of counter-terror strategy concerned at how to deal with convicted terrorists after release

Alan Travis, Thursday 30 June 2011 18.45 BST
Article history

A prison dog handler patrols the grounds of Belmarsh, one of Britain’s eight high-security jails which between them hold 123 terrorism-related prisoners. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Thirty-six recently released terrorists are being "managed in the community" with a further 34 expected to leave prison over the next four years, according to Home Office figures.

A record 123 prisoners are now serving sentences for terrorism-related offences in jails in Britain. But nearly 10 years after 9/11 the number being freed is starting to rise and Whitehall security chiefs are increasingly concerned about the lack of preparations to deal with them.

The official review of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy found that slow progress has been made turning prisoners away from terrorism.

The review says there is "no proven methodology" and the bespoke programmes developed so far have "only reached a small proportion of the target prison population and have not kept pace" with the number of releases.

The 36 convicted terrorists who have been released and are living in the community are managed under the multi-agency public protection arrangements used for convicted sex offenders.

"We note that existing programmes and other tactical measures have also been used with those terrorist offenders who have already been released. But there remains a significant risk that prison fails to enable terrorist prisoners to re-evaluate their views," the review concludes.

The figures show 123 terrorism-related prisoners were being held on 30 December 2010 in the UK's eight high-security prisons. They included 96 convicted under terrorism legislation including those linked to al-Qaida or groups influenced by them. A further 22 are classified as domestic extremists or separatists and five are "historic cases" whose convictions date from the 1970s to the 1990s.

They include some with a track record of radicalisation and recruitment who may have targeted other prisoners. Counter-terrorism officials believe further research is needed on radicalising influences in jail and how they endure after release.

Harry Fletcher of Napo, the probation union, echoed official concerns. "By 2014 virtually all convicted terrorists given determinate sentences will have been released onto parole. All are deemed to be high risk and require intensive supervision and liaison with the police," he said.

"The 27 convicted terrorists who were given life or indeterminate public protection sentences will remain in jail. Many of those released will be housed in probation hostels. Cutting probation and hostel budgets will be counterproductive."

The annual Home Office bulletin on the operation of police counter-terrorism powers shows the number of terrorism arrests is down 40%, from 209 in 2009 to 125 in 2010. There have been 1,945 terrorism arrests in Britain since 9/11.

Use of section 44 stop and search powers has been abandoned after the European court of human rights ruled them illegal. There were 23,882 searches under these powers in 2010. Only one led to a terror-related arrest. This compares with 160,000 searches the year before.

The justice ministry said extremist offenders could be recalled to custody if they breached their licence conditions.

"It is crucial that we prevent those who have been involved in terrorism returning to these activities — that's why we work closely with specialist organisations in both custody and the community to prepare offenders for their release."

The figures were published as the interception of communications commissioner, Sir Paul Kennedy, revealed that the police, security services and other public bodies submitted a total 552,550 requests for access to the communication data of members of the public last year.

He said

Such requests have risen steadily at the rate of 5% a year for the past three years, partly reflecting the growth in communications technology but also the increasing awareness of the usefulness of such personal data to intelligence officers and detectives.

Kennedy also reports 27 cases last year of officers from the security services and the Serious Organised Crime Agency tapping the wrong phones because they had written down the wrong numbers or wrong dates.


Prevent strategy 2011

Joined: 5:39 PM - Nov 06, 2006

3:57 PM - Oct 14, 2011 #20

8. Operation Ranmoor: Bilal Ahmed was arrested on 10 November and subsequently pleaded guilty to: soliciting murder, contrary to Section 4 Offences against the person act and three counts of possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to Section 58 Terrorism Act 2000.

9. Operation Guava: Operation Guava was a terrorist investigation led by WMCTU into the activities of a number of individuals who were suspected of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the run up to Christmas 2010. Twelve individuals were arrested under the terrorism act, of whom nine were subsequently changed with conspiring to cause explosions and Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 as well as additional charges under Section 58 of the terrorism Act for some of the group. This investigation is scheduled for trial in 2012.

10. Operation Ealing: Operation Ealing is an investigation into a bookshop and the on-line distribution centre for terrorist related literature. Ahmed Faraz was charged with offences relating to the possession and distribution of terrorist material and the trial is scheduled for October 2011.

"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance." Leonard Schapiro

Joined: 11:41 AM - Nov 25, 2005

10:43 AM - Mar 25, 2017 #21

From January 2017:
Three men jailed for terrorism offences

Three men, including one from Coventry, have today been jailed for terrorism offences.

Two of the men were planning to travel to Iraq to engage in terrorism. One of them was arrested by counter terrorism officers hiding in the back of a lorry in Dover, as he attempted to leave the country undetected.

Aras Mohammed Hamid (left), aged 26, of no fixed address, was found guilty of two counts of preparing for acts of terrorism following trial at Kingston Crown Court in London.

The court heard he had been pivotal in planning for himself and another defendant to travel to the conflict zone and engage in acts of terrorism. Hamid was also convicted of having a false Bulgarian passport; he had pleaded guilty to this offence at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Shivan Hayder Azeez Zangana, (also known as Aziz - middle) aged 21, from Washington Road, Sheffield, was convicted of one offence of preparing for acts of terrorism. He had been in contact with Hamid about going to Iraq, before travelling from Sheffield to Birmingham, where he was arrested by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU).

Aziz had claimed that he wanted to go home to Iraq but evidence proved that he had in fact been radicalised. Credit: ITV News.

Aziz had claimed that he wanted to go home to Iraq but evidence proved that he had in fact been radicalised by Hamid and his purpose for wanting to travel was to join Daesh.Aziz was jailed for three years.

A third man, Ahmad Ismail (right), aged 19, from Portwrinkle Avenue, Coventry, was found guilty of failing to disclose information about the planned travel to the conflict zone.

The court heard that Ismail’s brother, Mohammed Ismail, travelled to Syria to fight with the Daesh in 2014 and Ahmad Ismail is believed to have originally intended to travel with Hamid and Aziz, but changed his mind after concerns over his brother’s status. The court heard the three were arrested in May 2016 by officers from

WMCTU. Ismail received an 18 month sentence.
One of the men was arrested by counter terrorism officers hiding in the back of a lorry in Dover. Credit: ITV News.

The investigation began, when a concerned relative of Aziz made a 999 call to police in South Yorkshire, claiming he had left his home in Sheffield and was planning to leave to join a terrorist organisation. Another relative claimed Aziz had told people who was going to sacrifice himself to God. Worried relatives told officers Aziz’s behaviour had recently changed and he had stopped going out and listening to music and was only listening to readings from the Quran.

Following a police investigation, which discovered Aziz had travelled by train to Birmingham, officers arrested Aziz from a residential area above a mosque in Holyhead Road, Handsworth on 17 May 2016. Also at the Birmingham address was Hamid, a Kurdish asylum seeker, who had arrived in the country in September 2015.
Officers discovered Hamid, using facilitators in Turkey, was arranging to travel to Iraq to fight for Salahaddin Battalion, a Kurdish group fighting for the Daesh. Credit: File Photo.

Although he wasn’t arrested at this point, police seized some of Hamid’s property, including a mobile phone. As a result of this, officers discovered Hamid, using facilitators in Turkey, was arranging to travel to Iraq to fight for Salahaddin Battalion, a Kurdish group fighting for the Daesh.

Evidence also found Aziz was also planning to travel to the conflict zone to fight and that Ismail was known about and discussed the travel. Aziz and Hamid had booked flights to Iraq through a travel agency in Birmingham.

After the arrest of Aziz, Hamid fled Birmingham and following enquiries, was arrested on 19 May 2016 in a lay-by hiding in a lorry, near to the Port of Dover.

Officers discovered Hamid had sneaked into the back of the cab while the driver was asleep and was found lying behind pallets. Ismail was arrested by counter-terrorism officers on 22 May 2016 at his home in Coventry.

Head of WMCTU, Chief Superintendent Sue Southern, said:

    “As a result of enquiries, counter-terrorism investigators discovered Hamid’s instrumental role in organising travel plans for himself and Aziz for preparation for acts of terrorism. We also uncovered examples of Hamid’s extreme ideology and radicalisation and the pivotal role he played in orchestrating the travel plans for himself and Aziz."

– Head of WMCTU, Chief Superintendent Sue Southern.

Evidence shows Ismail, a local student, was in contact with Hamid and was well aware of plans to travel to the conflict zone.
Police say in recent months we have seen the dangers of trained terrorists returning to Europe to commit acts of terrorism. Credit: ITV News.

    “There is always a danger that people travelling to Syria and Iraq will be trained and come back and be a threat to the UK. We also need to be aware of the far reaching effects on local communities and the families of those involved. In recent months we have seen the dangers of trained terrorists returning to Europe to commit acts of terrorism which emphasises how important it is for officers to prevent travel."

– Head of WMCTU, Chief Superintendent Sue Southern.
Evidence also found Aziz was also planning to travel to the conflict zone to fight and that Ismail was known about and discussed the travel. Credit: ITV News.

Officers say they are able to offer support to help people vulnerable to being radicalised and are calling on families to look out for the signs and report them as soon as possible.

Anyone concerned about someone travelling to, or returning from, Syria or another conflict zone or is worried about someone showing signs of being radicalised should contact their local police on 101 or visit to access relevant support and advice.

Last updated Tue 3 Jan 2017
Source: Three men jailed for terrorism offences | Central - ITV News
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown