Rettssaken mot 21 år gamle Roshonara Choudhry som knivstakk parlamentsmedlem for Labour, Stephen Timms, fordi han stemte for invasjonen av Irak, går mot slutten. Selv har britiskfødte Choudhry, som ikke aksepterer rettens autoritet, nektet å være tilstede under rettssaken og har forbudt sine advokater å presentere noe forsvar eller å krysseksaminere vitner.
I mai gikk Choudhry til innkjøp av to kjøkkenkniver og avtalte et møte med Timms. Da Timms kom mot den smilende kvinnen for å håndhilse, stakk hun ham to ganger i magen med en kniv. Timms ble livstruende skadet, og Choudhry står tiltalt for drapsforsøk.
– Jeg hadde ikke tenkt til å stoppe før noen tvang meg, fortalte Choudhry til politiet. – Jeg ønsket å drepe ham…Jeg skulle ta hevn for folket i Irak.
At et parlamentsmedlem blir forsøkt myrdet som «straff» for en avgitt stemme i parlamentet er ille nok, men det mest bekymringsfulle er at Choudhrys selvradikalisering skjedde over internett på bare 6 måneder, skriver Daily Mail.
Den 21 år gamle kvinnen var en moderat muslim som trivdes med sine engelskstudier, før hun begynte å tilbringe tid foran PC`en med bla talene til den islamistiske hatpredikanten Anwar al-Awlaki på YouTube. Britisk politi tror ikke at Choudhry har hatt noen direkte kontakt med islamske ekstremister, men at hun har radikalisert seg selv:
William Boyce QC, prosecuting, told how Miss Choudhry, from East Ham, east London, booked an appointment to see Mr Timms, her local MP, at his regular constituency surgery on May 14 this year, only days after the general election.
She arrived for the meeting at the Globe, a local community centre in Beckton, dressed in black Islamic robes but with her veil pulled back to reveal her face, the jury heard.
Two newly bought kitchen knives, one wrapped in a black scarf the other in a red cloth, were hidden in her handbag.
The jury was shown CCTV images of how she was called forward for her appointment with the Labour MP before walking around to the side of his desk to shake hands and suddenly pulling out one of the knives.
She appeared to thrust it into his stomach twice in less than a second before Faisall Butt, a security guard, pulled her off and Mr Timms’s assistant Andrew Bazeley prised the weapon, with a three-inch blade, from her hand.
As she was taken away, she was said to have told security guards she had a second knife in her handbag.
In interview later in the day she allegedly told police that she had intended to kill Mr Timms, who was among party loyalists who voted in favour of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The MP who suffered wounds to his liver and stomach and underwent life-saving surgery at surgery at the Royal London Hospital and has since made a full recovery.
He told the court yesterday how his would-be killer smiled and walked straight towards him as he offered her a seat.
“I thought she must have been coming to shake my hand, she made as if she was coming to do that,” he said.
“She looked friendly. She was smiling.
“I was a little puzzled because a Muslim woman dressed in that way wouldn’t normally be willing to shake a man’s hand, still less to take the initiative to do so, but that is what she was doing.
“She lunged at me with her right hand.”
He said that as he slumped forward, calling out to ask why she had attacked him, she moved closer and thrust the knife forward a second time.
Stunned, he did not immediately feel pain and was only certain that he had been stabbed when he retreated to the gents’ lavatory and lifted his jumper to see he was bleeding heavily.
But the court was told he could have died from his injuries had he not received treatment.
In police interview Miss Choudhry explained how she presented her left hand while reaching for the knife with her right hand.
“When I got to arms length I just pulled it out of my bag straight away and put it into the top part of his stomach, I just pushed it in like how you do when you punch someone,” she said.
“I was trying to kill him.”
Asked why, she answered: “Because he wanted to invade Iraq.”
Pressed on what she hoped to achieve, she said simply: “Punishment.”
When asked what was going through her mind as she attacked him, she said: “I wasn’t feeling anything.”
The court heard that she explained she had aimed for his stomach because she was “not that strong” and needed to target a soft part of the body.
She added that she brought two knives “in case one broke.”
“I was not going to stop stabbing him until someone made me,” she said.
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