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UK convicts friend of man who plotted to assassinate Theresa May

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This image published by British Press Association on December 27, 2018 shows a court artist’s sketch of Mohammed Aqib Imran at Westminster magistrates court in London.

A young British man who planned to join the Takfiri terrorist group Daesh and was a friend of a Daesh recruiter who sought to assassinate prime minister Theresa May has been found guilty of terrorism offences by a court in London.

Reports from the British media said on Thursday that Mohammed Aqib Imran, 22, had befriended Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, a British member of Daesh who planned to kill the British premier, according to a hearing at the Old Bailey in central London.

The court said after the hearing that Imran, from north London, had been actively planning to join Daesh, a terror group once dominant in the Middle East which is now almost obliterated from its main bastions in Iraq and Syria

“Mohammed Imran elected to travel and set about assembling money, acquiring a fake passport, engaging in research and otherwise equipping himself with the information and means to travel abroad for violence for terrorist purposes, “ said Mark Heywood, a prosecutor of the court.

The court found both Imran and Rahman guilty of planning terrorist acts of violence in the United Kingdom.

Rahman’s plan to assassinate May was busted by undercover officers from London’s Metropolitan police, MI5 and the FBI, said the reports, adding that a network of online role players managed to give Rahman, 21, a jacket and a rucksack packed with fake explosives only to have him finally arrested.

The judge presiding over the hearing said about Imran, who will be sentenced on January 25, that he was desperately seeking to join terrorists in the Middle East.

“Mohammad Imran was desperate to join Daesh rather than remain in the UK. He was ready to give up everything ... ,” said Nicholas Hilliard.

Estimates suggest that Hundreds of UK nationals have joined Daesh over the past years while the group has been wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

Experts have blamed the migration of terrorist from Britain on loose controls, saying Britain is faced with a huge security threat from those nationals once they return home.

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