En britisk domstol har dømt Mohammed Hamid (50) og flere andre for å ha drevet treningsleire for jihad i Storbritannia. Blant annet gruppen som forsøkte å gjenta selvmordsaksjonene på t-banen 21/7 2005, deltok på Hamids «ekskursjoner».
I britiske skoger holdt Hamid og hans medsammensvorne sammenkomster for å sveise unge muslimer sammen og lære dem jihad. Hamid har holdt på med sin verving og forkynning i 12 år, inntil en politimann infiltrerte gruppen og fikk tatt opp talene hans.
Mohammed Hamid, 50, of east London, was found guilty of training men in secret camps in the Lake District and New Forest to prepare them to fight abroad.
Among those to have passed through Hamid’s camps were the four failed suicide bombers of 21 July 2005.
All four of the men responsible for the failed bombings were friends of Hamid.
The conviction marks a major success for counter-terrorism policing with Hamid regarded as a key figure in extremist networks.
Police say Hamid played a crucial role in grooming young men for terrorism and possible training overseas.
Hamid’s training came in the form of camping trips around the UK and late night talks in the living room of his home.
Prosecutors said he sought to groom impressionable young men, a process that had only intensified after the July 2005 suicide bombings.
The trial heard that Hamid had been preaching for up to 12 years around London, including at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, his east London home and in his Islamic bookshop.