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Terrorist's wife admits charge

The wife of a white Muslim convert jailed for terrorism has pleaded guilty to failing to provide information that might have helped in his arrest and prosecution.

Ayan Hadi, 31, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to failing to provide information that she knew or believed might have helped secure the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of her husband Richard Dart for an act of terrorism.

Dart was jailed for six years in April with two co-conspirators Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood for engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

His wife pleaded guilty to a charge that between July 1 and July 6 2011 she had information that she knew or believed might be of assistance in securing Dart's apprehension, prosecution or conviction for an act of terrorism.

Hadi, from Acton, west London, will be sentenced on August 16. Mr Justice Sweeney told her: "All sentencing options remain firmly open."

Former BBC security guard Dart refused to stand when he was sentenced, saying: "I don't wish to stand up. I believe ruling and judging is only for Allah."

The court heard that Dart and Alom travelled to Pakistan to try to get terrorist training, and took advice from Mahmood, who had already visited the country. Dart, a son of teachers, also discussed bomb-making with Mahmood, and military repatriation town Wootton Bassett as a potential target.

Police discovered fragments of text on his laptop that revealed that the pair had used the computer to have a "silent conversation" to avoid possible surveillance bugs - opening a Word document and taking it in turns to type, then deleting the text. They mistakenly assumed none of it would be stored on the machine but forensic experts who worked through 2,000 pages of computer code deciphered fragments of what was said, including Mahmood making a reference to Wootton Bassett and then adding: "If it comes down to it, it's that or even just to deal with a few MI5 MI6 heads."

Dart, who changed his name to Salahuddin al-Britani, became involved in extremism after moving from his home town Weymouth to east London and fraternising with radical preacher Anjem Choudary. His beliefs were brought into the spotlight as part of a television documentary My Brother The Islamist by his stepbrother Robb Leech.

Hadi, who the court heard has a "very young child", was granted conditional bail until her sentencing in August.

( Old Bailey)


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