A man who unknowing told covert police officers of his plans to launch a sickening terror attack and his shameful sister who kept his plans a secret has been convicted on Monday the 10th of February 2020, following a six-and-a-half-month counter-terrorism investigation.
Woolwich Crown Court was told how Mohuissunnath Chowdhury, aged 28, of Luton, confided his aspirations to men he thought were his friends, but who were, in fact, brave covert police officers deployed as part of a Met Police Counter Terrorism Command investigation into the sicking offenders activities.
Chowdhury was also recorded in his home telling his sister, Sneha Chowdhury, aged 25, of his plans, saying that he was “doing another attack”, and asking her for help to practise stabbing people – Sneha failed to report any of these activities to the authorities.
The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command launched an investigation – supported by the UK security service and Eastern Region Special Operations Unit into Chowdhury’s activities after he began posting extreme and disturbing messages online within days of his acquittal in relation to a separate charge of attack planning.
The Met reported: “Counter-terrorism detectives identified that soon after being released from remand in December 2018, following his acquittal, Mohuissunnath Chowdhury began posting messages online that demonstrated his extremist mind-set. By the end of January 2019, he had bought a replica gun, which suggested to police that he could be planning a terrorist attack.”
Covert officers were deployed to befriend Mohuissunnath to find out what he was planning in order to determine how serious the incident was and prevent it.
After becoming ‘friends’ with the officers, Mohuissunnath Chowdhury not only confessed to officers that he was considering targeting crowded central-London tourist attractions and the Pride in London event but even sought advice on obtaining a real gun from a covert officer using the name ‘Mikael’.
Chowdhury was convinced the officer using the name Mikael shared his aspirations to murder innocent people and told him that, contrary to his claims of innocence in his previous trial, he had in fact intended to kill soldiers but succeeded in “deceiving” the jury who found him not guilty.
After gathering a mass array of evidence against Chowdhury that would lead to his guilt being proven, detectives arrested the siblings together on 3 July 2019, days before Pride in London.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The courage and professionalism of these covert officers meant they obtained evidence that was, I feel, crucial to us securing these convictions today. They, like so many officers working across counter-terrorism policing every day, are carrying out dangerous and challenging work to ensure the public is kept safe.”
“In counter-terrorism, we constantly balance the risk dangerous individuals pose to the public with the need to gather evidence strong enough to secure a conviction and ensure they are locked up. Mohuissunnath Chowdhury was determined to kill innocent people but we arrested him at the right time, having been able to gather sufficient evidence of his plans.”
Speaking of Sneha Chowdhury’s conviction, Commander Smith said: “There is no acceptable reason for listening to someone say they are planning to kill innocent people, and watching them practise how they will do that, then not reporting it to police. Sneha Chowdhury wilfully kept her brother’s horrific secret and is now facing the consequences.
“However, not every case has to end this way. If relatives report indications that a loved one is becoming radicalised early on, there is an opportunity for authorities to intervene and help them before they become too deeply entrenched. All it takes is a phone call.”
The sentencing of the Chowdhurys is scheduled to take place on 13 March at Woolwich Crown Court.
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