Monday, October 22, 2012

United Kingdom: Three British Muslims Stand Trial for Terror Plot


Three British Muslims went on trial in London earlier today (October 22), accused of plotting a bombing campaign that prosecutors allege could well have been deadlier than the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack. Fifty-two commuters were killed when four al-Qaeda-inspired suicide bombers blew themselves up on London's bus and subway network on that date.
Prosecutors say Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, and 31-year-old Irfan Naseer were part of a plot to mount a terrorist attack "on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005."
The suspects were arrested in September 2011 in Birmingham; all three are charged with preparing for terrorism by plotting a bombing campaign, recruiting others and fundraising. Khalid and Naseer also are accused of traveling toPakistan for hands-on terrorism training. All have pleaded not guilty.

COMMENT: All three of the defendants were allegedly inspired by the anti-Western sermons of US-born Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in Yemen in September 2011. 

The three defendants sat quietly and appeared to follow proceedings closely from the dock at London's high-security Woolwich Crown Court. The trial is scheduled to last several weeks.

This and other plots, both in the US and the UK, demonstrate the persistent obsession of Islamic extremists globally to disrupt the rule of law in democratic countries by violent means and to establish sharia law throughout the world.