On February 10th, a jury in the UK found 28-year-old Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, a former Uber driver, guilty of planning to carry out terrorist attacks on sites including Madame Tussauds and the Pride parade.
He denied the allegations.
He is currently a chicken shop worker, and back in July 2018 was cleared after he was accused of a sword attack on police officers outside Buckingham Palace while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The court heard that he had intended to go to Windsor Castle in 2017 but a sat-nav error had sent him to the Windsor Castle pub instead.
In August 2017, Mohiussunnath Chowdhury drove to Buckingham Palace and, carrying a samurai-style sword, got out of his car and was involved in a struggle with police officers. They suffered minor injuries – before being able to restrain him.
There were two trials in relation to that incident. The first jury failed to reach a verdict, and the second jury acquitted him of preparing an act of terrorism at a retrial in December 2018.
At the time Chowdhury told jurors he only wanted to be killed by police and did not intend to harm anyone.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told Woolwich Crown Court that after Chowdhury was cleared, he became driven by “dreams of martyrdom”.
He allegedly told undercover police officers of his plans, and said that “non-Muslims” were fair game. The police were posing as like-minded extremists for five months.
He prepared for his potential attacks by lifting weights, practising stabbing and rehearsing beheading techniques, as well as booking shooting range training and trying to acquire a real gun.
He was found guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, collecting information likely to be useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism, and disseminating terrorist publications.
The second charge he was found guilty of was related to a document titled “guidance for doing just terror operations” on his phone, which included instructions on how to kill people with knives.
He was quite prepared for his attack, he had collected knives, looked into firearms training and even made a list of what he was going to do when he got to Jannah [paradise, garden].
Meeting Allah actually came 7th on his list, as it can be seen below.
First was touring the Palace he would be given, presumable if he managed to carry out his attack and kill “infidels.”
Second on the unmarried chicken shop worker’s list was to meet and consummate his relationship with 72 wives.
Then he would move on to decorate his main palace, meet all his family and friends, and others.
Then, would come to meet Allah, and 10th is the time to “choose quests to embark upon” and would download knowledge of weaponry and other illegible things.
Mohiussunnath – or Musa – Chowdhury was allegedly obsessive about quests in which he played the part of a heroic martyr doing God’s work on earth.
His lawyer attempted an interesting defense strategy, arguing that the university drop-out was a “pathetic little man” and an “attention-seeker” who “talks and talks, but doesn’t do”.
In constract, Commander Richard Smith, the head of the Met’s Counter Terror Command, said he paid tribute to the officers involved after a “challenging” investigation.
According to him, Chowdhury was an “exceptionally dangerous individual,” who was “committed to murdering as many people as he could.”
“I do believe if we hadn’t been investigating him and had not arrested him,” the Commander said, “he would have gone on to cause significant harm.”
Police even released a drawing of a planned terror attack.
His sister, Sneha Chowdhury, 25, was convicted of one count of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, and cleared of another.
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