Birmingham terror plot leader jailed

Irfan Naseer to serve at least 18 years after plan which could have rivalled 7/7 attacks

Irfan Naseer was jailed for life today and told he must serve at least 18 years before being considered for release. Photograph:
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Irfan Naseer was jailed for life today and told he must serve at least 18 years before being considered for release. Photograph: PA

Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 11:17

The ringleader of a terror plot, which could have been more devastating than the July 7th London attacks, was jailed for life today and told he must serve at least 18 years before being considered for release.

Irfan Naseer (31), must take sole responsibility for “sending four young men to Pakistan for terrorism training”, Mr Justice Henriques told London’s Woolwich Crown Court.

“Irfan Naseer was the leader, driving force and man in charge and he alone must take responsibility for sending four young men to Pakistan for terrorism training," the judge said. 

Turning to Naseer, who appeared to mutter under his breath during the sentencing hearing, the judge added: “Your plot had the blessing of al-Qaeda and you intended to further the aims of al-Qaeda.”

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