Man admits plot to behead soldier

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7215081.stm

    A 38-year-old Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to plotting to kidnap and kill a British soldier.
    Parviz Khan, an unemployed charity worker, intended to seize and behead the unnamed Muslim serviceman, Leicester Crown Court was told.

    Khan pleaded guilty earlier this month, but his plea can only now be reported as the trial of two alleged associates has begun.

    Amjad Mahmood, 33, and Zahoor Iqbal, 31, deny involvement in the plot.

    Mr Mahmood pleaded not guilty to failing to tell the police about the plot, while Mr Iqbal denied possessing information likely to be useful to terrorists.

    Both men are also accused of intending to supply equipment to terrorists operating along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

    They were arrested in a series of high-profile raids in Birmingham at the end of January last year after an investigation led by West Midlands Police Counter-Terrorism Unit.

    Khan was later charged with plotting to kidnap and kill a member of the British armed forces between 2 April 2006 and 1 February 2007.
     
  2. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    What's the likely sentence for plotting to kill - it can't be much.
     
  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    I wait to see if the Judge has the guts to hand down a proper sentence for this. There needs to be - the crime (soldier or not) is abhorent.
     
  4. Isn't it technically treason or is that just a load of b*llox these days?
     
  5. Lets hope that his fellow prisoners dislike him as much as we all do.
     
  6. I hope they "love" him ;)
     
  7. You can get life for conspiracy to murder. Let's hope he does. The others will probably all get off with lighter sentences.
     
  8. Come on you guys, This bloke is clearly having issues, traumatised even. You cannot just give someone a free country to live in, housing, medical care even money and not expect there to be a backlash of hatred. We need to talk to him, understand his issues, find the common ground.

    Then if he still wants to kill one of our own, we bury him up to his neck and stone him to death.

    It is only what would happen in Agan!
     
  9. No wonder he was an 'unemployed charity worker' if that's his idea of being 'charitable' 8O
     
  10. I vote we give him 'long sleeves'
     
  11. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    FFS - can you actually be an unemployed charity worker, or is that just to get the sympathy vote.

    Me personally, when they come and arrest me for maddy, I'm going to be an unemployed UN General Secretary.
     
  12. More abhorent than killing someone by shooting, stabbing, battering, strangling etc etc etc?

    The guy needs some serious pain inflicted on his squishy bits but not because the crime is any worse.
     
  13. NOtice they didn't mention which charity he is unemployed from (if that even makes any sense?), he probably used to work for something like "give loads of money to anyone who hates the UK.org" charity.
     
  14. Baggsie "unemployed Mother Theresa of Calcutta" for me when they find the missing £32 million from that depot job in my locker. They'll never convict me in a million years!

    Back on thread:
    I seem to recall they arrested about a dozen people at the time, anyone know of what happened to all the others? Seemed a real mixed bag at the time.
     
  15. Bit more detail now:


    Police searched a number of addresses in January last year
    A 37-year-old Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to plotting to kidnap and kill a British soldier.

    Parviz Khan, an unemployed charity worker, intended to seize and behead the unnamed Muslim serviceman "like a pig", Leicester Crown Court was told.

    Three other men, Basiru Gassama, 30, Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, have admitted other offences connected with Khan's plot.

    The court heard Amjad Mahmood, 32, and Zahoor Iqbal, 30, denied involvement.

    He would be taken to a lock-up garage and there he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig

    The jury was told how Khan, of Alum Rock, intended to kidnap the soldier while on a night out, behead him in a lock-up garage and then release footage of the killing on the internet.

    Nigel Rumfitt QC, prosecuting Mr Mahmood and Mr Iqbal, who both deny two offences relating to the plot, told the court that Khan had planned to seize the serviceman in Birmingham's Broad Street entertainment quarter.

    "He would be taken to a lock-up garage and there he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig," he said.

    "This atrocity would be filmed... and the film released to cause panic and fear within the British armed forces and the wider public."

    Khan, who also admits intending to supply equipment to terrorists on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, pleaded guilty to the plot earlier this month, but his plea can only now be reported as the trial of Mr Mahmood and Mr Iqbal has begun.

    Mr Mahmood denies knowing about Khan's plot and failing to disclose information about it, while Mr Iqbal denies possessing a computer disc called Encyclopaedia Jihad, which would be likely to be useful to a terrorist.

    Both men have also pleaded not guilty to helping Khan supply equipment to terrorists in Pakistan.

    Irfan and Elasmar have pleaded guilty to helping Khan supply the equipment, while Gassama has admitted knowing about the plot and not telling anyone about it.

    The men were arrested in a series of high-profile raids in Birmingham at the end of January last year after an investigation led by West Midlands Police Counter-Terrorism Unit.

    Khan was later charged with plotting to kidnap and kill a member of the British armed forces between 2 April 2006 and 1 February 2007.