August 28, 2008

Three Charged in 'al Qaeda in Britain' Plot; Umar Rabie ID'd

Three of the men identified in the "Umar Rabie al-Khallilah emir of al Qaeda in Britain" plot have been charged. We also now have some clues over who "Umar Rabie" and "Umar Rabies Bro" are.

Umar Rabie is most likely Abbas Iqbal, 23 from Blackburn. Umar Rabies Bro, the younger brother Ilyas Iqbal, 21.

The interesting thing here is that Ishaq Kanmi, 22 and also from Blackburn, faces the most serious charge of "soliciting murder". The same charge that landed the one-eyed and hook-handed Abu Hamza al-Masri a 7 year jail sentence.

I always assumed that it would be Umar Rabie who faced the most serious charge, but perhaps more than one person posted using the "Umar Rabie" alias? In any event it looks like the threat on Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's life at the Ekhlaas forum was done by Ishaq, and not brothers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumber.

It will be interesting to see how the real members of al Qaeda and former Afghan mujhaideen respond to Ishaq, Abbas, and Ilyas's presence in Belmarsh. I'd pay to be a fly on that wall.

So, three in the ring charged and two being held pending charges. Our hat goes off to whoever it was that tracked these guys down.

Here's the statement from the Lancashire police:

THREE men arrested on August 14th 2008 at Manchester Airport and Accrington under the Terrorism Act 2000/6, have today Thursday 28 August 2008 been charged with terrorism offences.

Ishaq Kanmi, 22 years of Cromwell Street, Blackburn, charged with:

1) Soliciting Murder contrary to section 4 of the Offences Against the Person ACT 1861.

2) Belonging or professing to belong to a proscribed organisation (Al-Qaeda), contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

3) Inviting Support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

4) Dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2(1) and 2(f) of the Terrorism Act 2006. * Jointly charged with Abbas Iqbal.

Abbas Iqbal, 23 years of Percival Street, Blackburn charged with:

1) Dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2(1) and 2(f) of the Terrorism Act 2006. * Jointly charged with Ishaq Kanmi.

2) Possession of an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000. * Jointly charged with Ilyas Iqbal.

Ilyas Iqbal, 21 years of Percival Street, Blackburn charged with:

1) Possession of an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000. * Jointly charged with Abbas Iqbal.

2) Collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Their arrests were the culmination of a counter-terrorism operation co-ordinated and led by Lancashire Constabulary, supported by officers from the Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

All three men are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday the 29th of August 2008.

A fourth man, arrested on Tuesday morning (26 August 2008) in Blackburn and a fifth man arrested in Derby the same day, remains in custody. Yesterday, Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police CTU were granted an additional seven days to question them.


By Dr. Rusty Shackleford at August 28, 2008 02:06 PM | | l digg this