Terrorist who was failed asylum seeker given mortgage

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  1. An Albanian terrorist caught with bomb-making equipment in his cellar was an illegal immigrant who was given a mortgage by NatWest it has emerged.

    By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
    Published: 6:27PM GMT 15 Dec 2009

    Krenar Lusha was in the middle of downloading a video showing how to make a suicide vest when police raided his home, in August last year.

    He had bomb making equipment in his home including 14 mobile phones and a video on his laptop called “mobile detonators” that showed how to turn the phones into a bomb trigger.

    He also had a video on his computer that included diagrams showing how to blow up petrol with a shotgun cartridge and 71.8 litres (15.8 gallons) of petrol in his cellar along with two kilogrammes (4.4 lbs) of potassium nitrate, one of the ingredients of gunpowder, in his bedroom.

    At Preston Crown Court today he was sentenced to seven years in jail but it also emerged that Lusha, 30, who had failed to get asylum in the UK, applied to the National Westminster Bank for a mortgage in his real name and was given a 25 year loan without putting down a deposit.

    He bought a £93,000 Victorian terraced property in the Normanton area of Derby, last year in the middle of the financuial crisis and also was also given a British driving licence and a £30,000 engineering job at a plastics factory.

    When bank staff were asked about its dealings with Lusha, one mortgage advisor told the court: "He was just a pleasant natured person and there was nothing untoward."

    Sentencing him to concurrent seven-year sentences for each of five guilty verdicts, Mr Justice Butterfield warned Lusha he would be returned to Albania after his sentence.

    The judge added: "To the outside world you were the cheerful, hard-working helpful man whose only interest was to build a better life for yourself and find a Muslim bride, but behind that facade, in my judgment, there was a much darker side to you, a side that positively revelled in violence, death and destruction.”

    Lusha had joined chat rooms in which he boasted to girls that he was a “terrorist” and a “sniper” and how he “loved” to see Jews and Americans killed Preston Crown Court heard.

    He was asleep in bed when police raided his home in Derby on August 26 last year but a laptop was connected to the internet and material was visibly being downloaded.

    Det Chief Supt Tony Porter, of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "While there is absolutely no indication of what he intended to do with these items, I believe he had the intention of committing an extremely serious offence - I cannot possibly speculate on when or where.

    Lusha had become radicalised whilst studying Islam and Arabic in Qatar as a youth and smuggled himself into the UK on the back of a lorry in January 2000, arriving undetected at Dover.

    Nigel Godsmark QC, prosecuting, said Lusha had downloaded instructional films on how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt.

    A total of three computers were found in his home and police discovered gruesome footage on the hard drives of live beheadings by extreme Islamic groups.

    There were also a number of video clips by groups fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya that included exerts of US military vehicles and personnel being blown up and of US soldiers being shot.

    A Nat West spokesman said: "It would be inappropriate for NatWest to comment on the specifics of this case, however the Bank has robust mortgage account opening procedures in place."

  2. What gets me is the fact he was able to get a job as well!
  3. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Not Natwest's fault he forgot to put Terrorist on his application form

    I never put Rapist on mine
  4. The company that employed him will probably be having a nice big fine for illegally employing him
  5. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    I assume the security services will be monitering half the loons on here then ?

    I would imagine he will have had to priovide his some documents to his employer before getting a 30k a year engineering job
    So I assume he had a National Insurance number
  6. Outrageous!!!

    Who'd want a mortgage with NatWest!
  7. Ni Numbers are meaningless to be honest, he would have need to show ID such as a passport and proof that he was legally able to work in the UK. The Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) give these people a registration card which will say "NOT PERMITTED TO WORK" this doesn't stop the stupid idiots trekking over to Leeds and paying £20 to have the ID card altered (badly) to say "PERMITTED TO WORK"

    Its an easy con to spot, the HR Manager is probably wearing brown underwear at the moment in anticipation of what is about to happen (wacking great big fine), they (HR person) by rights should lose their job over this.
  8. Almost as comical as "MI5 informant who was failed terrorist elected as member of parliament" :wink:
  9. Bit of METPOL spin, which happened a few years ago (well done to the officer concerned) but.....
  10. Yeah, I'll have a £30k job in a plastic factory in Derby please.
  11. Now you're just taking the mick. Try this: "elected member who fails to take his seat or represent his constituency claims and is awarded expenses".

    Nobody'd believe it.
  12. Fcukin unbelievable! Try getting a mortgage or benefits, or any other damn thing that could help you on leaving the forces and the responses you get will be colder than a witch's tit!
  13. OUTRAGEOUS! - did u see the price of petrol last year!