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Man convicted in UK Muslim soldier beheading plot and supplying equipment to the Taleban

February 15, 2008

Man guilty over soldier plot cell
Zahoor Iqbal Iqbal had no knowledge of Khan's plot, the jury was told
A man has been found guilty of being part of a terror cell whose leader plotted to behead a British soldier.

Last month Parviz Khan, 37, from Birmingham, admitted plotting to kidnap and murder a serving Muslim soldier and to supplying equipment to the Taleban.

Now a Leicester Crown Court jury has convicted Zahoor Iqbal, 30, of helping Khan supply the Taleban. A second man, Amjad Mahmood, 32, was cleared of this offence but the jury is deliberating on another charge.

Relief aid

The prosecution accepted that Iqbal, a school attendance and mentoring officer, had no knowledge of the plot to kill a British soldier.

During the trial he denied the claim that he helped Khan send the illicit cargoes.

Iqbal, also from Birmingham, said he thought their trips to wholesalers were to buy relief aid for the victims of the Kashmir earthquake in October 2005.

He told the court he was a Muslim "but not practising", and that he did not pray.

Iqbal also denied that he had been suspicious about being asked to send cash to Khan in Pakistan, saying: "It was a regularly done thing in our community."

Iqbal has been remanded into custody until his sentence hearing.

Panic plan

The jury will continue deliberating on Monday on the other charge against Mr Mahmood, of Birmingham, that he knew about Khan's plan to film the beheading of the soldier but failed to inform the authorities.

Three other men, Basiru Gassama, 30, Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, have previously admitted other offences connected with Khan's activities.

In court last month, the jury heard Khan planned to seize and behead a British Muslim soldier.

The unemployed charity worker intended to use drug dealers to kidnap the soldier while on a night out, behead him in a lock-up garage and then release footage of the killing to the public, the court heard.

Prosecutors said he wanted to cause panic and fear in the British armed forces and among the wider public.


The jihadi and the beheading plot
By Dominic Casciani
BBC News home affairs reporter

Parviz Khan checking in on his way to Pakistan with equipment Parviz Khan checking in on his way to Pakistan with equipment

Five men have been convicted for being part of an alleged terrorist cell in Birmingham. The group's leader has been jailed for life.

In any other business, Parviz Khan would have been known as the fixer - the guy to go to when you needed something done.

But in reality he was the frustrated jihadi who got tired of being told to know his place.

Despite his significance among an international network, the unemployed Birmingham charity worker was unhappy with his lot. He didn't want to be known as the man supplying thousands of pounds of equipment to the Afghan front line.

Prosecutors said he wanted to do more for his cause. And it was this desire to elevate himself to a hero of the jihad against the enemies of Muslims that led to his DIY plan to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier.

We don't know how and when Khan became immersed in the violent rhetoric of an extreme political ideology which sees Muslims as victims of the West. There are suggestions he had a misspent youth, drinking and clubbing - and changed suddenly in his late 20s when he began raising money for Muslim causes around the world.

Khan wanted to get himself physically involved in acts of terrorism as well as supply others
Prosecutor Nigel Rumfitt, QC
Plot revealed by MI5 bug

But then he went further. He became a key link man between armed mujahideen groups in Afghanistan fighting British forces and those prepared to raise money for them in the UK.

And the bugging evidence in the trial revealed him to be someone the police say was a paranoid fanatic, capable of indoctrinating his own small children to hate.

Khan did not raise money for guns. Over two years he and three of his co-accused bought cheap electronic goods and other kit that could be used for a military purpose, say police.

Assembled in the suburbs of England's second city, the shipments were freighted to Pakistan and onwards to the groups Khan was supporting.

Earthquake cover

During the trial of Zahoor Iqbal and Amjad Mahmood, two of his co-accused, the jury heard how Khan had thousands of pounds at his disposal for both goods in the UK and spending in Pakistan.

JIHADI SHOPPING SPREE 'Military' kit bought in shopping centres Packaged at home Air-freighted from Birmingham Distributed in Afghanistan
Khan's shopping trips around Birmingham

Mahmood was found not guilty of helping Khan's projects. But Iqbal, the trial heard, wired some 12,000 in instalments from the UK to Pakistan for Khan to collect at the other end.

Khan's organised his first known shipment in December 2004 and sent 44 boxes weighing 809kg to himself. He collected them in a village in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir.

When many British-Pakistani people organised aid for earthquake-hit Kashmir, Khan used their efforts as cover to quietly send goods through a Birmingham freight firm.

His second shipment went out in October 2005 and a third in July 2006, this one weighing almost 300kg.

Foxton Road, Birmingham, following police raids Foxton Road: Khan's home used to assemble consignments
On his return to the UK after the third trip, police questioned him and found he was carrying a notebook.

Written inside, say prosecutors, was a "shopping list" of items from his "terrorist contacts" which included sleeping bags, laser rangefinders, boots and battery chargers.

Prosecutors say that when the security services intercepted and opened the final shipment in December 2006, the contents broadly matched the list.

Khan had packed airbeds, walkie-talkies, mobile phones, an audio bug detector, a hearing enhancer, a video camera, a soldering iron and waterproof map holders.

Creative shopping

Khan had also been exceptionally creative in fulfilling expectations.

Angler's gloves in Khan's boxes Angler's gloves: Useful for snipers

A visit to a golfing shop identified range finders, a gadget used to measure the fairway. But in Khan's hands, say the police, it became a method to better target a soldier's head.

And then there were the split finger gloves favoured by anglers. One of the bugged conversations tied these gloves to snipers, with Khan saying they could be used to keep the trigger finger warm until the moment comes to fire.

In all, believe the security services, he spent 7,000 on goods in that one shipment - and that Zahoor Iqbal, Mohammed Irfan and Hamid Elasmar all helped to put it together for shipping.

Frustration builds

But Khan was no longer satisfied with his role as an international haulier.

"Khan wanted to get himself physically involved in acts of terrorism as well as supply others," said Nigel Rumfitt QC, prosecuting in the trial.

Pakistan map, showing Mirpur and Pakistan-administered Kashmir Destination Mirpur: Khan shipped crates to himself in Pakistan
"But he had a sick mother to look after.

"His bosses overseas made clear to him that his supply network was of great value to them and could not be sacrificed to his desire for combat operations."

And so Khan came up with a solution that prosecutors said would satisfy his own craving for violence without compromising his main role.

Khan was enraged with the idea of Muslims serving in the British army. He decided to try to kidnap a Gambian man serving in the army.

According to prosecutors, based on evidence gathered with an MI5 bug, the plan was to lure a soldier away with the help of drug dealers who would approach the man on a night out.

Once separated, he would be bundled into a car, taken to lock-up garage and beheaded on camera. The subsequent film would be circulated on extremist websites.

Khan's main hope for help had been Basiru Gassama, a Gambian. But he never won his support. Gassama, however, broke the law by failing to alert the authorities to Khan's planning.

Four months later Khan returned to the plan. He again showed Gassama videos of beheadings - and failed again to enlist his help.

Prosecutors said Khan turned to his friend Amjad Mahmood who worked in the local grocer's shop. But a jury, after listening to the bugged conversations, concluded that Mr Mahmood was not guilty of failing to alert the authorities.

Khan is going to jail having been described in court as an exceptionally dangerous man.

We don't know how close he really was to carrying out his beheading plot - not least because Gassama had declined to help.

But police say that if they had not acted when they did, there would have been a dead soldier somewhere in Birmingham.


Sons trained to make throat slitting gestures

Feb 19 2008

The Birmingham Mail (UK)

Parviz Khan

ISLAMIC fanatic Parviz Khan was taped in his Birmingham home training his young sons to slit the throats of "infidels".

Khan's Alum Rock home was bugged by the security services for a year where they overheard him training his five and seven-year-old sons.

The dad-of-four, 37, praised the two young children for making throat- slitting gestures and he was overheard asking the young pair: "Who do you love?"

They chanted: "Sheikh Osama Bin Laden" and "Sheikh Abu Hamza."

The children were also overheard yelling "kill Bush, kill Blair."

Khan was also recorded boasting that he planned to take his three-year-old daughter to Afghanistan so she could marry a mujhadeen and give birth to a third generation of fanatics.

Khan admitted plotting to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier. He claimed to be a full-time carer for his elderly mother but was the prime mover in the Birmingham-based terror cell. Sentencing him, Mr Justice Henriques said: "You have been described by the Crown as a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views and as a fanatic."

The trial of Zahoor Iqbal and Amjad Mahmood revealed how Khan had turned from a drinker and smoker who liked nightclubs into an extremist obsessed with the speeches of Osama Bin Laden and Sheikh Abu Hamza.

In between visits to Pakistan between 2004 and 2006, he stocked up on fundamentalist propaganda, including films of beheadings and footage of the September 11 and July 7 attacks.

Khan was claiming benefits of more than 20,000 a year during the time he plotted to snatch the serviceman off the streets and decapitate him "like a pig", the court was told.

He was given a minimum 14 years for the plot, eight years for the supply of equipment and two-and-a-half years for both counts of being in possession of the records of documents. The sentences will run concurrently.


Kidnap leader 'showed off bomb ingredients'
By Duncan Gardham
Last Updated: 3:13pm GMT 18/02/2008 The Daily Telegraph (London) Parviz Khan, the ringleader of the Muslim soldier beheading plot, was running ingredients used in the July 7 bombs to Afghanistan to be used in training camps, police believe. On surveillance tapes he seemed to be showing off tablets of hexamine used in camping stoves - one of the ingredients used by the suicide bombers in the construction of their devices. "These lumps here are accelerators," he told one of his associates, Zahoor Iqbal. "When you put them in there and when this thing explodes like this and it goes whoosh." When Iqbal asked him: "What are these normally used for?", Khan replied: "It's a fuel accelerator, obviously its used as a detonator. When you mix the other thing, bang. "God knows but they say that the brothers 7/7, that was used as one of the accelerants." The conversation, as usual, was held in the full hearing of Khan's children. When police raided Zahoor Iqbal's home they found a CD with Khan's fingerprints on it called the Encyclopedia of Jihad, which gave detailed bomb-making instructions. In conversations, Khan used the word "handi," meaning cooking pot, as a substitute for bomb. Khan was also delivering video cameras to the camps for suicide bombers to record the kind of video "will" made by Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shezhad Tanweer, the leaders of the July 7 bombers. He spoke of how the wills were "appealing to the young". Khan was recorded as saying: "Who is this work intended for? Not intended for the fathers or mothers, it's intended to inspire them to come forward, to come to the deen [faith], and for the Muslims in Europe who are living proper lifestyles. "This price might seem a lot for a camera but if you realise its going for the ummah [Muslim nation] that is defending the deen [faith]. "Obviously they're not going to be using this for dog fighting or chicken fighting, it's for special ops, it's for wills." Khan spoke about being taken for a meeting with "the number three" who he described as the "main man," apparently in Pakistan. He went on: "I says: 'If I can't do it myself personally, if you ain't going to give me permission, I want to organise some 5G hits, some 10G hits, personal. "I'll give you the cameras inshallah [god willing]. I'll give you the fuluus [money] but I want the hits man. I don't want to be a tea boy. "I don't want to be somebody who waits, I want to organise it and if I can't be there, I want to send people who are going to be there, who are going to be volunteers." Khan said the man then opened a notebook and showed him 450 names ready for "martyrdom operations."

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