Kazi Nurur Rahman

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Kazi Nurur Rahman

Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

30 Apr 2007, 14:00 #1

Terrorist 'tried to buy missiles'

Rahman may have been targeting planes at Heathrow

A British terrorist who allegedly tried to buy missiles to shoot down airliners has been jailed, it has emerged.

Reporting restrictions covering the conviction of Kazi Nurur Rahman have been lifted following the end of the Old Bailey fertiliser bomb trial.

Rahman, 29, was arrested in November 2005 after trying to buy three Uzi sub-machine guns in a police sting.

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for nine years but details were kept secret because of his links to the defendants.

Rahman was arrested only four months after the 7 July attacks in London and when sentencing him in May last year (2006) the judge, Mr Justice David Calvert-Smith, said: "These negotiations were conducted in the immediate aftermath of the worst terrorist outrage ever perpetrated on these shores.

"What was intended was the deaths of large numbers of people in this country."

When Rahman's home in Manor Park, east London was searched police found literature relating to the 9/11 "martyrs" and details of guerrilla warfare and how to execute prisoners.

Rahman, also known as Abdul Haleem, was friendly with several of the defendants and had trained in the same camps in Pakistan.

'Risk to air traffic'

The prosecution's star witness, Mohammed Babar, told the Old Bailey Rahman was the head of a terror cell in east London.

David Farrell, QC, prosecuting, said: "The terrorist purpose, which the defendant accepts by his plea but does not define, was to cause death, injury and damage for the religious and political purposes of al-Qaeda."

This purchase was intended to be the first of other purchases, he being in negotiation...for the purchase of even more potentially deadly terrorist weapons, including a Sam-7 missile and rocket-propelled grenades
David Farrell QC

"The potential risk to air traffic is all too obvious," he added.

He was not arrested when Khyam and the others were picked up but the security services kept him under surveillance and finally lured him into a trap using undercover officers posing as Muslim arms dealers.

One of the officers, posing as 'Mohamed', offered to sell him the guns, together with silencers and 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Rahman offered to pay £1,000 per gun.

David Farrell QC, prosecuting, said: "This purchase was intended to be the first of other purchases, he being in negotiation, albeit in the early stages of negotiation, for the purchase of even more potentially deadly terrorist weapons, including a Sam-7 missile and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs)."

Rahman was quoted a price of around £70,000 for the missiles and RPGs, a figure which he said was "no problem".

On 29 November 2005 Rahman met Mohamed at South Mimms services on the M25 and handed over some money.

He then met another undercover officer, 'Iqbal', and they drove to a cul-de-sac in nearby Welham Green, Hertfordshire.

There Iqbal showed Rahman a van and inside was a suitcase containing the guns, wrapped in black plastic bags.

Mr Farrell said: "Rahman got out of the van and told Iqbal to put the suitcase in the back of his vehicle and they would leave that location and find a better, safer place for the exchange.

"Iqbal refused to do this. Rahman also stated that he wanted to see the ammunition, which had not been brought to the location for safety reasons.

Armed officers

"Iqbal told him the ammunition was nearby. Rahman was unhappy and said it looked like a 'sting'.

"He returned to his vehicle and telephoned Mohamed. At this point armed officers intervened and Rahman was arrested."

When interviewed by police Rahman claimed he was working for MI5, who had recruited him 10 years earlierr.

But, in pleading guilty to attempting to possess property intending it should be used for the purpose of terrorism, he later accepted this story was untrue.

It also emerged that Rahman had been interviewed by a British TV reporter in Lahore, Pakistan in October 2001 and had spoken of Muslim volunteers from the UK fighting British troops in Afghanistan.

In 1995 Rahman was arrested and charged in connection with the death of Ayotunde Obanubi, a Nigerian student who was stabbed to death outside Newham College in east London.

Charges were dropped against Rahman but his co-defendant, Saeed Nur, 27, was jailed for life and another friend, Umran Qadir, 18, was ordered to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure for his involvement in the killing.

The murder trial heard that the killing arose because of tension between Muslim and non-Muslim students at the college.

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amirrortotheenemy
Joined: 06 Nov 2006, 17:39

30 Apr 2007, 22:03 #2

Dated August 9, 2005
BA flight delayed over terror attack fear
STAFF CORRESPONDENT

A London-bound British Airways flight was delayed on Monday by more than two hours at Zia International Airport for what was suspected to be the presence of a terrorist on-board.

  Official sources at the airport said the flight, BA-144, was stopped prior to its takeoff from the airport at 8:30am upon an ‘Interpol’ information that the flight was carrying a suspected terrorist. The flight took off at 10:55am after the airport security personnel searched the aircraft and gave the clearance that there was nothing harmful on board.

  The security search, however, produced six passengers, including a woman, who were prevented from boarding the flight. The six were quizzed by the security personnel before they were let off.

  ‘The flight was delayed on information from the British intelligence sources via the Interpol that a woman on board in a wheel chair may be a suspected terrorist,’ Azad Zahirul Islam, chief security officer of the airport, told New Age.

  He said the security personnel searched the entire aircraft and found nothing incriminating. But they offloaded the six passengers, three of whom were identified as Moroccan citizens, namely, Elhichai Tarik, Yasin Elmaach and Sabba Mohammed.

  The three others restrained from taking the flight are Bangladeshi-born British nationals – Kazi Nazrul Islam, Kazi Nurur Rahman and Nurun Nahar Chowdhury. They too were released after being quizzed in the afternoon.

  Of them, Nurun Nahar was on board in a wheel chair.

  The intelligence sources said they found nothing wrong with the off-loaded passengers. The passengers can leave Dhaka anytime, they added. Officials of the British Airways office in Dhaka could not be contacted for comment on the matter.

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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

03 May 2007, 14:09 #3

Fertiliser plot pal jailed for missile plans



Kazi Nurur Rahman ordered grenade and missile launchers at a cost of £65,000

An associate of the fertiliser bomb plotters has been jailed for nine years because he tried to buy missiles and machine guns for a deadly terrorist strike on the UK.

British Muslim Kazi Nurur Rahman, 29, was arrested in an MI5 sting as he collected a consignment of three Uzi machine guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

He had also ordered grenade and missile launchers at a cost of £65,000.

And when officers raided his flat they found details of an electricity substation which, if targeted, could have caused widespread blackouts in London.

In May 2006 Rahman, who was born in Wandsworth, pleaded guilty to possession of property which could be used for the purposes of terrorism.

But details could not be published until the conclusion of the trial of Omar Khyam and others, who were jailed yesterday for plotting a fertiliser bombing campaign to kill hundreds of people.

During Rahman's trial, supergrass Mohammed Junaid Babar gave details of Khyam's jihadist connections with Rahman, who he knew as Abdul Haleem.

The court heard how Rahman was first introduced to an undercover security services officer known as 'Salim' on July 20, 2005.


Although the meeting concerned buying counterfeit cash, Rahman asked about buying guns, a Kalashnikov and a silencer. On their next meeting in August, Rahman also discussed weapons.

David Farrell, QC, prosecuting said: "He asked about hand grenades and rocket propelled grenades, making hand gestures to describe the weapons.

"He spoke of two types of launchers. He said he would pay cash for the weapons and a provisional price of £1,000 per machine gun was agreed."

Rahman was eventually arrested as he met a second undercover officer for the handover of the weapons in November, 2005.

On raiding his home, police discovered literature referring to the terrorists involved in the World Trade Center attacks as martyrs.

Rahman initially claimed he had been recruited by MI5 to root out terrorist organisations but eventually admitted being in possession of the guns.


Sentencing Rahman, Judge David Calvert-Smith said: "The weaponry you were hoping to buy on the day of your arrest is dreadful and dangerous and capable of discharging 650 rounds per minute and therefore killing or wounding a very large number of people in a very short time.

"Your intention was they should be used or sold in this country for terrorist purposes.

"You were clearly in a position to raise £7,500 but also to indicate that it might have been possible to raise £65,000 on a future occasion to buy even more dangerous weaponry used for bringing down aircraft.

"What was intended was to cause the deaths of a large number of citizens of this country."

Rahman, of Meanley Road, Manor Park, East London, has been on remand at Belmarsh Prison since November 29, 2005.

12:16pm Tuesday 1st May 2007
Interesting sentence of 9 years for possession of guns compared to 30 for a bag of fertiliser.
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

03 May 2007, 14:14 #4


Gang leader jailed for plot to down aircraft


By Duncan Gardham
Last Updated: 1:41am BST 01/05/2007

The air plot

MI5 and counter-terrorism police foiled a plot by Islamic terrorists to use shoulder-launched missiles to bring down passenger aircraft, it can now be revealed.

Less than two weeks after the July 7 attacks in London, the security service turned its attention to Kazi Nurur Rahman, the leader of a rival gang to the Crawley plotters.

He pleaded guilty to offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 and was sentenced to nine years in prison in May last year but it was only on the completion of the Crawley trial that a legal order banning reporting of the case was lifted.

Mohammed Babar, the American supergrass, had already told investigators about Rahman, whom he knew as Abdul Haleem, and who ran a gang from east London.

But it was not until more than a year and a half later that Rahman was caught
in a sting operation trying to buy three Uzi sub-machineguns, three silencers, nine magazines and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

Anti-terrorism police believe Rahman was planning to arm a gang of associates.

Rahman had also talked of placing a "larger order" for Russian-made, rocket-propelled grenades and SAM 7 surface-to-air missiles, which he was told would cost between £50,000 and £70,000.

David Farrell, QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey: "Had he been able to purchase these weapons and then gone on to purchase missiles, the potential risk to air traffic is all too obvious."

When police raided Rahman's home they found a scanner that enabled him to listen to police radios along with information on guerrilla warfare and details of an electricity sub-station that could have caused significant black-outs across London if it were disabled.

The prosecution said Rahman, 30, a plumber from east London, wanted to cause "death injury and damage for the religious and political purposes of al-Qa'eda".

The sting operation came to an end after eight meetings with undercover agents and police when Rahman was fianlly arrested in Welham Green, Herts.

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Sinclair
Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

08 May 2007, 14:03 #5

Oh Met where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling! / Or grave thy victory."



The ending of the "Crevice" trial removed reporting instructions in the case of Kazi Nurur Rahman (AKA Abdul Haleem according to Mohammed Babar) ) 29, said to be a plumber, who was arrested on November 29th 2005 and charged with "attempting to possess property intending it should be used for the purpose of terrorism" (section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000,) and pleaded guilty - he was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.

It was because Rhaman knew some of the "Crevice" trial defendents and had visited training camps in Pakistan, that details of his arrest and trial (in May 2006) had been suppressed. The star Police "supergrass" Mohammed Babar, also told the Old Bailey that Rahman was the head of a terrorist cell in east London.

Apparently Rahman first became known to the police in 1995 when he was arrested and charged in connection with the death of Ayotunde Obanubi, a Nigerian student (and it is said a Christian) who was stabbed to death outside Newham College in east London - said to be the result of tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim students. It was incidentally at this college that our old friend MI5 contact and refugee from the law Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed who founded both the UK Hizb branch and Luton based Al Muhajiroun frequently gave lectures.

Apparently about 15 students armed with knives, machetes and hammers attacked Obanubi who was struck on the head with a hammer, and a knife pierced his heart. He died on the spot. His death was the first known instance of Muslim fanatics killing someone on British soil for "religious" reasons. The prosecutor in the case was the very interesting David "Murky" Waters QC (of which , much, much more here), now senior treasury counsel. Charges were withdrawn in the case of Rahman.

The court was told that in 2001 Rahman had given a shadowy interview to ITN reporter John Gilbert, in which he admitted recruiting hundreds of British Muslims to fight with the Taleban.

He told John Gilbert: "I can't wait for the day I meet British soldiers on the battlefield to see them run. I am happy to kill them."
It appears that after Kayham and the others were arrested having purchased some ammonium nitrate , Rahman was approached by 2 undercover police officers .One named as "Mohamed" , but not otherwise identified , he claimed he could supply Rahman with guns, together with silencers and 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Rahman is said to have offered to pay £1,000 per gun.

This direct aproach was the culmination of several (up to 8 meetings) Rahman had starting with an undercover MI5 agent called "Salim" on July 20, 2005 (2 weeks after 7/7 and the day before 21/7) . The meeting had concerned acquiring counterfeit banknotes, but Rahman had apparently told "Salim" that he wanted to buy a Kalashnikov rifle, guns and a silencer. There followed seven further meetings with undercover agent(s ?). On the second meeting, Rahman had asked for "hand grenades and rocket propelled grenades”, making hand gestures to describe the weapons. He spoke of two types of launchers. He said he would pay cash for the weapons and a provisional price of £1,000 (US$1,987) per machine gun was agreed.

Rahman was quoted a price of around £70,000 a Sam-7 missile and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) a sum which Rahman is said to have described as "no problem". Although no eveidence of him having had such funds or access to them was provided in court.

The Sting (slick MI5 sting. The Sun 1/5/07)

On 29th November 2005 Rahman met "Mohamed" at South Mimms services on the M25 and handed over some money it was at this stage that another undercover officer named as 'Iqbal', arrived and they drove to a cul-de-sac in nearby Welham Green, Hertfordshire.

There "Iqbal "showed a suitcase containing the guns, wrapped in black plastic bags inside a van to Rahman . Rahman told "Iqbal" to put the suitcase in the back of his vehicle and they would leave that location and find a better, safer place for the exchange.

"Iqbal" refused to do this. Rahman also stated that he wanted to see the ammunition, which had not been brought to the location for safety reasons.

"Iqbal" told him the ammunition was nearby. Rahman was unhappy and said it looked like a 'sting'. "Iqbal" returned to his vehicle and telephoned "Mohamed" and it was at this point that armed officers intervened and Rahman was arrested."

When Rahman's home in Manor Park, east London was searched police found literature relating to the 9/11 "martyrs" and details of guerrilla warfare and how to execute prisoners there was also a scanner which could pick up police radio messages, literature on guerilla warfare, and details of an electricity sub-station ("that could have caused significant black-outs across London if it were disabled.- D Torygraph) . Quite why the Scotsman on December 6th 2005 repeated an allegation ,"that he had a stash of weapons, including three Uzi sub-machineguns, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, three silencers and nine magazines." it is not possible to say. It will certainly not have been information supplied by the Metropilitan Police that is certain.

David Farrell, QC, prosecuting, said: "The terrorist purpose, which the defendant accepts by his plea but does not define, was to cause death, injury and damage for the religious and political purposes of al-Qaeda.

When initially interviewed by the Police Rahman claimed he was working for MI5, who had recruited him 10 years earlier (remember it was 1995 when he was charged with the Newham student murder and charges were withdrawn) , but then admitted that this was not true.. and this has nothing to do with being offered a lesser plea and sentence to those the "Crevice" defendents rceived.

Peter Clarke, the Sphincter of the Yard told reporters that “This is another example of where we have been able to take pre-emptive action to protect the public from the threat of terrorism. Whenever the evidence allows us to take such action, we will do so.”

When "pre-emptive" action means offering lethal weaponry for sale to people with allegedly terrorist connections, there are some members of the public who start to question the tactics whereby prosecutions are engineered.

Legal Note


Entrapment occurs when an agent of the state causes someone to commit an offence so that the latter should be prosecuted. Entrapment is not a substantive defence in English law.

See also SpyBlog

The Title is taken from Brendan Behan's "The Hostage" in which the IRA take a british soldier prisoner in a brothel. Amidst a comic drama and love story, tyranny masquerades as liberty and common humanity is smashed by political expediency and the display of the arbitrary power of state authority as the soldier dies in hail of police bullets.

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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

08 May 2007, 14:14 #6

There's an excellent article on Crevice by Szamko on GNN. I asked the author if we could reproduce it on the website but my request appears to have been ignored, Postie linked to it in his blog post above.

The Entrapment of Omar Khayam Part I and Part II.
�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
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

08 May 2007, 14:38 #7

[quote=""sinclair""]The court was told that in 2001 Rahman had given a shadowy interview to ITN reporter John Gilbert, in which he admitted recruiting hundreds of British Muslims to fight with the Taleban.
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ITN's Jon Gilbert's report 'The supergrass I helped to create - Mohammed Junaid Babar'.
�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
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