US jihadist David Wright convicted of Isis-inspired plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller over Prophet Mohammed joke

Man convicted of Isis-inspired plot to behead conservative American blogger

David Wright was involved in a plot to kill Pamela Geller

Friday, October 20, 2017

A man has been convicted of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger who previously arranged a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest.

Authorities believe David Wright, from Massachussetts, was influenced by Islamic State, according to Fox News, and he could be handed a life sentence for the charges.

Charges he has been found guilty of include conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, transcending national boundaries and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation.

The prosecution claimed Wright was plotting the death of Geller alongside his uncle and another man. This is said to be because Geller ran a cartoon contest to ridicule the Islamic prophet in 2015.

Prosecutors claimed the 28-year-old searched online for information about weapons and tranquilisers, as well as running a Twitter account to gain recruits for his cell. He is also said to have collected Isis material and claimed America's "days are numbered."

However, a recording of a phone call allegedly included Ussamah Rahim, Wright's uncle, telling him he didn't want to wait to attack the blogger and so wanted to target the police instead.

Wright then allegedly encouraged Rahim to do so, but also ensured he removed any data he had about the attack. However, when Rahim approached officers with a knife, he was shot and killed.

It is claimed Rahim received material about the plot to behead Geller from Isis member Junaid Hussain, who was then later killed in a Syrian airstrike.

Wright claimed during the trial that he wasn't serious about Rahim's attack and he only looked at terrorist propaganda for attention.​ Now his attorney says he will be appealing the court's decision.

Nicholas Rovinski, the other man who has been accused of the plot, testified against Wright. Last year he admitted to conspiracy charges and he could face between 15 and 22 years in jail.

Although Geller didn't speak at the trial as the plot against her never came to fruition she said she is "deeply grateful to the good people of Boston who were on the jury."