Thursday, 21 February 2013

Birmingham trial - update

Standard, Bungling plotters 'were the real deal', 21 Feb 2013 "In a reference to a black comedy film, Ali also told her: “Oh, you think this is a flipping Four Lions. We’re one man short.”

 "When police raided his home, they found Ali had downloaded nearly 150 Islamic lectures from the internet, including extremist rants, and passed them to Naseer."

Independent, Birmingham terror cell: a forlorn fight against extremism in the Balti Triangle, 21 Feb 2013 "Muhammad Suleman, 60, a former welder and community elder, believes young men, isolated from their families, frustrated by a lack of prospects and angered at Western military intervention in the Muslim world come under the influence of militant propaganda which contradicts the teachings of Islam.

“A lot of young people don’t go to mosque. They learn on the internet. It is information you can’t hide and they make their own mind up,” he says."

ITV Video Report

Juliet Bremner, ITV News, Trio hoped to cause worst atrocity on British soil "The three men convicted today wanted to be remembered as the suicide bombers who had committed the worst atrocity ever seen on British soil. Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid - known as Big and Little Irfan - and a third man Ashik Ali appeared to be religiously observant but not fanatical. They had all been born and raised in the Sparkhill and Sparkbrook suburbs of Birmingham, second generation Pakistanis with no criminal record or reason for the authorities to single them out for attention."

Also see ITV News, Muslim Aid comment on guilty terror verdicts and scroll down for ITV News, Worshipper: 'Everybody's disappointed. Everybody's horrified'