The four Muslim jihadists intended to unleash a Christmas campaign of atrocities with targets including the Stock Exchange, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye.
DAILY MAIL (H/T Rob E) They and five others had been facing a five-month trial at Woolwich Crown Court and could have expected sentences of 20 years. But at the 11th hour they decided to plead guilty after a judge indicated they would receive lesser sentences for admitting the plot.
The Crown wanted to avoid both the estimated £2.5million cost of a high-security trial and the possibility of acquittals. So a rare so-called ‘Goodyear’ direction hearing was arranged in which defence barristers receive guidance from the judge about how long he plans to jail those accused if they admit their guilt.
In this case, Mr Justice Wilkie suggested ringleader Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, would receive no more than 13½ years and his 28-year-old accomplice, Shah Rahman, 12 years. He said the case did not merit an indefinite imprisonment for public protection because their plans were not developed, and he took account of Chowdhury’s youth.
Chowdhury is likely to spend less than half of his sentence behind bars owing to time already served on remand, while Rahman can expect to be out in five years. Following the Goodyear hearing, others who had lesser roles in the plot swiftly pleaded guilty knowing that they would attract even more lenient jail terms when they are sentenced next week.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer said a term of five or six years ‘does not seem particularly serious’ for acts of terrorism which could have killed many innocent people. ‘I am not convinced in the deterrent effect of such a sentence. These individuals have all pleaded guilty to extremely serious crimes. The point being that part of their sentence will be a deterrent to further terrorism.’
Police arrested the Al Qaeda-inspired radicals on December 20, 2010, four days before they planned to plant their first bomb in the toilets of the London Stock Exchange. They found a handwritten list of targets which included the home of London Mayor Boris Johnson (Awwww, and Boris Johnson is such a good little dhimmi, bending over backwards to bow down to Muslim demands), the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, two rabbis and the U.S. Embassy.
The group, inspired by one of the world’s most notorious terrorists Anwar al-Awlaki, planned to send five bombs in the post to London synagogues and the Church of Scientology headquarters and spread panic in Stoke-on-Trent by planting bombs in pub and club toilets. READ MORE