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Four men guilty following foiled terrorism plot

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Four men have been found guilty of plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK.

Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz were today (Wed 2 Aug) convicted of terrorism offences at the Central Criminal Court in London following trial.

All four men were arrested on 26 August 2016 as part of an intelligence-led operation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. The four were subsequently charged with preparing for terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5 (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Birmingham neighbours Naweed Ali, aged 29, and Khobaib Hussain, aged 25, both of Evelyn Road, Sparkhill, Mohibur Rahman, aged 33 of High Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, and Tahir Aziz, aged 38, of Wulstan Road, Stoke-on-Trent, will be sentenced at a later date.

Ali and Hussain had already served prison sentences after pleading guilty in 2012 to engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts. The pair had both travelled to Pakistan to undertake terrorist training. They were arrested as part of a larger group accused of UK attack planning. Both pleaded guilty in July 2012 and sentenced to 40 months in 2013.

In a separate investigation, Rahman was also convicted in 2012 after pleading guilty to possessing articles for terrorist purposes.

Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "This is the second time three of these individuals have been convicted of terrorism offences for planning an attack.

"These are dangerous men who seem committed to carrying out an attack. The nature of the investigation demonstrates that the police together with our partners we are robust in the use of a number of tactics to defeat the terrorist threat to our communities.

"They carefully planned and took steps to avoid drawing attention to themselves. They were surveillance aware and even left their mobile phones at home when they travelled to Stoke.

"This investigation illustrates the joint work that is carried out in conjunction with MI5, together we have been able to foil a plot that could have been imminent."

Staffordshire Police, Chief Superintendent for Local Policing, Wayne Jones said: "We are pleased with today's conviction, four dangerous men, two of whom are from the Stoke area, have been imprisoned meaning they cannot bring any harm to our communities.

"The actions of these individuals, who displayed radical and violent extremist behaviour, will not be tolerated. We stand together with our partners to tackle this and continue to work side by side, to challenge those who seek to divide communities or threaten the values and openness that makes our society strong.

"Our Local Policing Teams continue to work closely with the residents and communities in Stoke-on-Trent, providing them with support and reassurance as we continue to keep our communities safe from harm."

Rahman will also be sentenced to two further offences after pleading guilty earlier this year to breaching his licence conditions after failing to notify police of a change of address under requirements of his sexual offences order and his Part 4 order under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008.

Anyone who knows of someone who may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones should contact local police for advice and support on 101.

Further information is available on the national Prevent Tragedies website: www.preventtragedies.co.uk

If you see or hear something that you are concerned could be terrorist related, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

02 Aug 2017 12:17:54 BST
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