A jury yesterday convicted a fifth man in the case of a plot to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier in Birmingham and supply terrorists in Pakistan with equipment.
Zahoor Iqbal, 30, of Elmbridge Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court of one count of helping fanatic Parvis Khan to supply equipment to people in Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, for terrorist activities. He was cleared of a charge of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist - a computer disc entitled Encyclopaedia Jihad.
Another man, Amjad Mahmood, 32, of Jackson Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, was cleared of a charge of helping supply equipment for terrorist activities.
The jury, which first retired on Wednesday, has failed to reach a verdict on another charge, that Mahmood knew about Khan's plan to film the beheading of the soldier but failed to inform the authorities.
The jury was sent home for the weekend and will continue deliberating on Monday.
Khan, 37, of Foxton Road, Alum Rock, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court last month to the plot to murder the soldier. He also admitted supplying equipment to terrorists on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and being in possession of two records or documents likely to be of use to a terrorist.
Three other men have admitted other related terrorism offences.
Hamid Elasmar, 44, of Bristol Road, Edgbaston, and Mohammed Irfan, 31, of Asquith Road, Ward End, both pleaded guilty before the trial to helping Khan send the shipments to the sub-continent.
And Basiru Gassama, 30, of Radstock Avenue, Hodge Hill, admitted knowing about Khan's kidnap plot but failing to tell the authorities.
During the trial, Iqbal denied the claim that he helped Khan send the illicit cargoes, saying he thought their trips to wholesalers were to buy relief aid for the victims of the Kashmir earthquake in October 2005.
The defendant, a full-time attendance and mentoring officer at a local school, told jurors that he was a Muslim "but not practising" and that he did not pray.
He said the invasion of Iraq "was the right thing to do" and called the September 11 attack on New York a "holocaust" in which innocent people died. He did not subscribe to Khan's fanatical views, he said, and had no sympathy with the July 7 London bombers.
Iqbal denied that he was suspicious about being asked to send cash to Khan in Pakistan, saying: "It was a regularly done thing in our community."
Iqbal was remanded into custody until his sentence hearing.