"Suicide vest" Muslim student jailed for 10 yrs in UK
A British Muslim convert was jailed on Friday for a minimum of ten years in the UK for plotting to blow himself up in a shopping mall in southern England using his own "suicide vest" and home-made explosives.world Updated: Jul 17, 2009 20:51 IST
A British Muslim convert was jailed on Friday for a minimum of ten years in the UK for plotting to blow himself up in a shopping mall in southern England using his own "suicide vest" and home-made explosives.
Isa Ibrahim, 20 from Bristol, was convicted at Winchester Crown court of making explosives with intent and preparing terrorist acts in April 2008.
The student had denied both charges but pleaded guilty to a third charge of making an explosive substance.
In his judgment, Justice Butterfield told Ibrahim he should serve a minimum of ten years. "Even though you have not made a detonation device or completed the suicide vest, your preparation to inflict an atrocity on the innocent civilians of Bristol were advanced.
"Your are a dangerous young man, well capable of acting on the views you held in the spring of 2008."
The judge said he considered Ibrahim to be a "continuing danger" to the public but gave a substantial discount on the minimum term imposed because he had acted alone and because of his age.
They also recovered an electrical circuit capable of detonating the explosive at short range and a half-made "suicide vest".
Police found a quantity of home-made high explosive material, the same substance used in the July 7 London attacks in a container in the fridge of Ibrahim's home when he was arrested.