Ilford Tube driver cleared of ‘violent Jihad’ plot
A TUBE driver accused of plotting “violent Jihad” in Afghanistan and writing a farewell letter to his family has been cleared.
Dad of two Amir Ali, 28, of Hampton Road, Ilford, booked flights to Islamabad in Pakistan and bought survival equipment, jurors heard.
The Bakerloo line driver admitted having links to terrorists including fertiliser bomber Anthony Garcia and US drone attack victim Abdul Jabbar.
But the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court took 10 hours to clear Mr Ali on Monday of a terrorism offence after a month-long trial.
Judge David Radford lifted an order banning reporting of Mr Ali’s admissions he knew Garcia and Jabbar.
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Mr Ali had insisted he had been framed by the British security services after he refused to act as an MI5 mole within east London’s Muslim community.
An MI5 officer, using the cover name Emma Bruce, told jurors she had interviewed Mr Ali’s Filipino-born wife Miriam about her husband’s whereabouts.
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The trial heard that counter-terror police found Mr Ali’s farewell letter to Miriam and their young son in the tube worker’s London Underground rucksack.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny had told the jury Mr Ali was due to flight out to Islamabad in March of last year.
He said: “He had written a letter to his wife in which he instructed her and his little boy what to do after he had gone.”
But Mr Ali, who admitted writing the letter but claimed he did so because he was under pressure from MI5 who were harassing his family, later cancelled his flight and claimed the entire case against him was a stitch-up by MI5 after he refused to act as a spy on other Muslims.
Mr Ali was cleared of preparation for acts of terrorism between April 13 2006 and March 25 last year.
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