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Six in UK convicted of terror -related crimes -fundraising and incitement

April 18, 2008

Six face jail over terror charges

Top row (left to right): Abu Izzadeen; Simon Keeler; Abdul Muhid. Bottom row (left to right): Abdul Saleem; Ibrahim Hassan; Shah Jalal Hussain. Top row: Izzadeen, Keeler, Muhid. Bottom row: Saleem, Hassan, Hussain

A former electrician who became a Muslim preacher and heckled the home secretary faces jail after being convicted for terror-related crimes.

Abu Izzadeen, 32, who was tried under his real name Omar Brooks, was found guilty of terrorist fundraising and inciting terrorism overseas.

Five other men convicted of terror offences are also due to be sentenced.

One of the men, Shah Jalal Hussain, is still missing after jumping bail and failing to appear in court on 8 April.

The guilty men were all members of an extreme Islamist group known as Al-Muhajiroun. It has since been banned.

Izzadeen made the news in 2006 when he heckled then Home Secretary John Reid during a speech in the east end of London.

Bin Laden

He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment after a court heard of his support, in November 2004, for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. He was also recorded calling for a jihad-style war against coalition forces occupying Iraq.

Izzadeen hit the news for heckling the home secretary in 2006

The allegations at the heart of the trial concerned events on the evening of 9 November 2004 when Hussain and others were said to have targeted rising anger among Muslims over the Iraq war.

Kingston Crown Court heard that speeches and calls for funds were made both inside and outside the London Central Mosque at Regent's Park, despite the opposition of the institution's authorities.

Prosecutors told the jury Izzadeen tried to raise donations to help fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan and that he incited other Muslims to go abroad and take up arms as terrorists.

Fellow Muslim convert Simon Keeler, 36, faces sentence on similar charges of terrorism fundraising and incting terror overseas.

Abdul Saleem, 32, and Ibrahim Hassan, 25, will be sentenced on one charge of inciting terrorism. They were both cleared of fundraising for terrorists.


Shah Jilal Hussain and Abdul Muhid, both 25, were also found guilty of fundraising for terrorists by a jury on Thursday.

But Hussain - who was given bail - will be sentenced in his absence after he absconded while the jury was deliberating.

He is still on the run more than a week later and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A ban on reporting his absence has been lifted and police in London have appealed for any information on his whereabouts.

Run by notorious preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, Al-Muhajiroun believed in the political ideology and aims of Osama Bin Ladan. Bakri fled the UK in 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7353799.stm

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