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Abu Hamza and the Islamic Army

 

The verdict: guilty

  
Butt
BUTT,
Shahid
5 YEARS
Harhara
HARHARA, Malik
7 YEARS
Hussein
HUSSEIN,
Ghulam
Time served
 
Ahmad
AHMAD,
Sarmad
5 YEARS
Ghailan
GHAILAN,
Muhsin
7 YEARS
Jaza'iri
"Al-Jaza'iri"
 
5 YEARS
 
Mustapha
MUSTAPHA,
Muhammad
3 YEARS
Nabi
NABI,
Shazad
Time served
Hussein
HUSSEIN,
Iyaz
Time served
 
Saghir
SAGHIR,
Kamal
5 YEARS

CHARGE: "Membership of an armed group and possession of weapons, explosives and unauthorised international communications devices, as well as starting to commit acts of sabotage against Yemeni and foreign interests in Aden."

  

 

ON THE CHARGE of conspiring to form an armed gang, Malik Harhara and Mohsin Ghailan (stepson of Abu Hamza al-Masri) received the heaviest sentences - seven years each. Shahid Butt, Sarmad Ahmed (publicity officer of Abu Hamza's Supporters of Shariah organisation) and the two Algerians were each jailed for five years. Mohammed Mustafa Kamil (Abu Hamza's son) was jailed for three years.

Three defendants - Ghulam Hussein, Shaz Nabi and Ayad Hussein - were sentenced to the time they had already served in jail since their arrests. This means they can be freed, though they will have to remain in Yemen for the appeal.

Five defendants were convicted on additional charges. Harhara and Ghailan were also sentenced to three years for possessing weapons, including rocket launchers and landmines. Sarmad Ahmad was sentenced to three years for possessing weapons and Mohammed Mustafa Kamil to two years for possessing hand grenades. Kamal Saghir, an Alegrian, was sentenced to two years for having a fake French passport. The additional sentences will be concurrent. It is understood that the defendants will appeal.


News reports

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Britons convicted of Yemen bomb plot - BBC

Britons, Algerians jailed for up to seven years in Yemen bomb plot - Agence France Presse

"Yemen detainees": statement by the British Foreign Office, 9 August 1999

Interview with Peter Hain, Minister of State at the Foreign Office, (edited transcript) BBC Radio 5,  9 August 1999

Yemen jails Britons for forming armed gang - Reuters

UK militant Masri not surprised by Yemen verdict - Reuters

Islamic leader warns Yemen verdict could bring violence - Agence France Presse

Families condemn Yemen trial - BBC

"Relations with the UK could be at stake"
Audio/video report on the case by Peter Gould of the BBC


Reports and analysis - August 10

THE GUARDIAN:

Jailed British Muslims reject early release offer

Hardline cleric in London rejects 'terrorist mastermind' charge

Yemen trip doomed by police spy

DAILY TELEGRAPH:

Islamic terrorists threaten reprisals for Yemen jailings

Judgment becomes Arabian nightmare

Arrests presented opportunity to project new image

Profile of Aden Eight

REUTERS:

Yemen jails Britons in "terrorism'' case

Families, lawyers slam Yemen jail rulings


Pre-verdict reports

Yemen court ruling due for British Muslims - Press Association

Yemen official sees fair verdict in Britons' trial - Reuters - Reuters

Britons braced for Yemeni verdict - BBC

Britons, Algerians face death over Yemen bomb plot - Agence france Presse - Agence france Presse

Yemen to send home 'bomb plot' Britons
Group of eight Britons facing heavy sentences over alleged bomb plot to be sent home - The Times

Family dismisses Yemen's 'ludicrous fantasy'
Daniel McGrory looks into the backgrounds of the eight Britons accused of planning a terrorist campaign - The Times

AUDIO/VIDEO REPORTS

The Yemeni authorities say they have plenty of evidence
Video/audio report by Duncan Kennedy of the BBC

Mud could stick on the British government
Audio report by Mike Donkin, BBC News

Defence lawyer Rashad Yaqoob: "We believe the trial is flawed"
Audio interview by BBC News

The "jihad experience" - Middle East International, 20-Aug-99

Dazed and confused
More than seven months after ten young men from Britain were arrested on bomb plot charges in Aden, the British are still unsure what to make of it … [Yemen Gateway]

UK denies asking Yemen to cut Britons' sentences - Reuters

Salih refuses Blair's request to release prisoners - ArabicNews

British terror trial accused to be freed, cleric warns of reprisals - AFP

Yemen prosecutor says jail terms too light  - Reuters

Britain defends actions in Yemen case  - Reuters

"British diplomats have said they will continue to support the men"
Audio report by Duncan Kennedy of the BBC

     

THE STORY

 

DAY BY DAY

A chronology

THE ADEN "BOMB PLOT"  

Introduction

What the police say they found

The accused

Statements attributed to the defendants

The verdicts  

British reactions 

THE ABYAN KIDNAPPING

Introduction

Who were the kidnappers?

The trial so far

The trial: basic facts

Statements attributed to defendants

Evidence: February 6

Witnesses: four Yemeni drivers

Witnesses: a soldier and a sheikh

 

THE PEOPLE

 

ABU HAMZA

ABU AL-HASSAN

The kidnappers

The bomb suspects

SOS newsletters
October/November, 1998

SOS communiqué
11 October, 1998 (Arabic)

SOS communiq
30 December, 1998 (Arabic)

SOS communiq
20 January, 1990 (English)

 

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Last revised on 10 June, 2009