Four of the six men charged with plotting to blow up London’s public transport system, in a copycat terrorist attack, have been found guilty. Mukhtar Ibrahim, Ramzi Mohammed, Yassin Omar and Hussein Osman, all Muslims of African origin, now face lengthy prison sentences.
They were all arrested after attempting to replicate the attacks of July 7, 2005, in which more than 50 people died and hundreds were injured. Closed circuit television pictures showed them, two weeks later, wearing backpacks containing homemade bombs and attempting to detonate them.
The bombs failed to go off. In court they claimed that was intentional, and that they were guilty only of a hoax aimed at scaring people rather than harming them, in protest at the British presence in Iraq. It did indeed cause panic in the British capital, coming so soon after the deadly attacks.
The trial has lasted six months. The jury deliberated for seven days before convicting these four. The fifth suspect was seen throwing his bomb away into a bush, and the sixth is alleged to have been involved in the preparation, but he left Britain six weeks before the botched attacks.