A Birmingham member of an Islamic extremist gang which plotted a bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange has had his sentence cut.
Abdul Shahjahan, of Green Lane, was jailed indefinitely last February for his part in the plots. But at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, the sentence was replaced by a 17-year jail term.
The nine-strong group met in Cardiff parks. But security services kept tabs as they discussed plans to set up a military training camp in Pakistan, stage a Mumbai-style armed assault and bomb a high profile target.
Encouraged by Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, the only plots that went beyond mere talk were to recruit other would-be terrorists and place a pipe bomb in the London Stock Exchange.
Usman Khan, 22, of Persia Walk, Stoke; Shahjahan, 29, and Nazam Hussain, 27, of Grove Street, Stoke, were all jailed indefinitely for public protection in February last year after they admitted engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.
Omar Sharif Latif, 29, of Neville Street, Cardiff, was jailed for 10 years and four months, and Mohibur Rahman, 28, of North Road, Corbridge, Stoke, received a five-year term after he admitted having two editions of an al-Qaeda-magazine.
The other four members of the gang – Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, 29, Gurankanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah, 25 – were handed sentences ranging from 21 to 17 years. They did not appeal against their terms.
At the appeal court, Lord Justice Leveson, Mr Justice Mitting and Mr Justice Sweeney, ruled that the terms imposed on Khan, Shahjahan, Hussain and Mohibur Rahman were too tough. Khan and Hussain had their indefinite sentences overturned and replaced by 16-year jail terms. Shahjahan will now serve 17 years and eight months.
Latif’s appeal was dismissed, but Mohibur Rahman had his term cut to four-and-a-half years.