Muslim convert admits terror charge

A Muslim convert who labelled British troops “murderers” and a former police community support officer today admitted planning terror acts.

Richard Dart was said to have been turned into an extremist in months after joining the Muslims Against Crusades group

Richard Dart was said to have been turned into an extremist in months after joining the Muslims Against Crusades group

Richard Dart, Jahangir Alom and a third man, Imran Mahmood, were said to have wanted to stage an atrocity in Wootton Bassett – the Wiltshire town famed for repatriation ceremonies.

They also discussed targeting MI5 and MI6 “heads”.

Dart, 29, is the middle class son of Dorset teachers who turned to Islamic extremism after being radicalised by the hate cleric Anjem Choudary.

He was the subject of an award-winning documentary, filmed by his own stepbrother about his transformation.

Alom, 26, used to work as a PCSO in east London before abandoning it to become a fanatic.

At the Old Bailey, the three admitted terror offences including travelling to Pakistan for terror training and planning terror acts abroad.

But during the investigation, police and the security services discovered references to “WB” believed to be Wootton Bassett on a computer seized from Dart’s address.

The men communicated by typing messages on a computer screen then deleting them amid fears they may have been under surveillance.

However, police were able to retrieve bits of some of the conversations

There was also discussion of targeting the security and intelligence agencies.

No charges were ever brought in connection with either of those allegations.

However, the three pleaded guilty to preparing for terrorism or assisting another in terrorism, between July 2010 and July last year.

It includes travelling to Pakistan for terror training, travelling abroad to commit acts of terrorism and provided information about travel to Pakistan, terrorism training and operational security while there.


Dart, of Ealing, west London, Mahmood, 21, from Northolt, west London, and Alom, from Stratford, east London, were arrested between July 5 and 7 last year – just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games.

Alom’s home was less than a mile from the site, thought police do not believe the Olympics were ever a target.

Dart, the son of teachers from Dorset, appeared in a BBC Three documentary made by his stepbrother, Robb Leech, after Dart converted to Islam.

In the film, My Brother The Islamist, Dart, a former BBC security guard, was said to have been turned into an extremist in months after joining the Muslims Against Crusades group.

He changed his name to Salahuddin al-Britain and was seen criticising British soldiers in demonstrations in Britain.

In one scene he accuses troops returning from Afghanistan of being “murderers”.

Alom was arrested along with his new bride Ruksana Begum.

In December, she was jailed for a year at the Old Bailey for having a banned al Qaeda online magazine on her mobile phone.

Begum, 22, who has a first-class accountancy degree, had been married for a month when antiterrorist officers raided their home.

The court heard that Begum’s brothers, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah, pleaded guilty to a plot to blow up the Stock Exchange and were sentenced in February to 12 and 16 years jail.

Mohammed Chowdhury, who was jailed for 13 years for the same December 2010 plot, asked to marry her but she had never met him.

The three bearded men were remanded in custody for reports before being sentenced on a date to be fixed.


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