Friend of Theresa May murder plot terrorist jailed

Mohammad Aqib Imran

Mohammad Aqib Imran. Image: Metropolitan Police

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A 23-year-old man has been jailed for more than eight years for planning to join the terrorist organisation ISIS.

Mohammad Aqib Imran from Birmingham was arrested following an investigation into his friend Naa’imur Rahman, who was convicted of a plot to kill the Prime Minister in 2018.

Police found a terrorist guide book on Mr Imran's Kindle, as well as a phone, from which they recovered a video message from Mr Rahman.



In July 2018, in a trial with Rahman, Imran was found guilty of collection of information useful to terrorism in relation to the eBook.

During a retrial in December, Mr Imran was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts, which related to his plans to travel to join Daesh.


'Held weight with Daesh'

Mr Imran has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years for one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and a further three years and nine months for collecting information useful to terrorism. His sentences will run concurrently.

Acting Commander for the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, Alexis Boon, said: “The idea was that Rahman would kill the Prime Minister and Imran would subsequently have a video from a martyr recommending he be accepted into the terrorist organisation. Such a video would have held weight with Daesh.

“Of course, this was never going to happen because MI5 and the Counter Terrorism Command had been investigating the pair for some time and in fact a covert police officer had been meeting with Rahman to establish how serious his plans were.”