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Jihadist convicted of plotting Remembrance Day attack

Published 14/12/2015

Nadir Syed was convicted of planning a Lee Rigby-style attack around Remembrance Day
Nadir Syed was convicted of planning a Lee Rigby-style attack around Remembrance Day

A jihadist who was inspired by an Islamic State fatwa to plot a Lee Rigby-style terrorist attack around Remembrance Day has been found guilty of planning an act of terror, it can now be reported.

Nadir Syed, 22, had planned to launch the attack after listening to a speech by IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, which also urged extremists to target France.

Dressed in a burgundy sweatshirt and wearing an Islamic skull cap he showed no reaction as he was convicted on Wednesday, December 9, of preparation of terrorist acts after 50 hours and 56 minutes of jury deliberations.

Jurors were unable to reach verdicts in the case of Yousaf Syed, 20, and Haseeb Hamayoon, 29.

Yousaf Syed from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and Hamayoon from Hayes, west London, denied planning acts of terrorism. The judge has ordered a retrial.

Jurors were told Nadir Syed also appeared in a video in which he stamped on a poppy and kicked it towards a drain, in an act apparently condemning it to hell.

Prosecutor Max Hill QC said the action was demonstrative of his "attitude to the poppy as the remembrance image in this country".

By November last year, he was actively searching for knives of "sufficient quality to source an attack".

Mr Hill said the timing of this search, in the days before Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2014, was "no coincidence".

Nadir Syed was arrested on November 6 shortly after buying a blade, London's Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He told police he went to a shop to buy knives for his mother because "she was complaining about the state of the knives in her kitchen".

Mr Hill said the fatwa that inspired Nadir Syed urged followers to rise up against Westerners and "rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads".

He added: "This fatwa, and the worldwide attacks that followed, inspired the defendant to plan his own attack in this country, emulating the attack on Lee Rigby carried out by Michael Adebolajo, who he considered to be a Mujahid or Islamic fighter."

Nadir Syed will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

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