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Profile: Jawad Akbar
Five men have been convicted of conspiring to cause explosions in Britain. One of the men was Jawad Akbar, described by the trial judge as having "intelligence and disturbing deviousness".

Jawad Akbar
Born Pakistan, 20 June 1983
Moved to Italy as a child, father worked in the wine industry
Moved to Crawley, West Sussex, aged eight
Student at Brunel University, Uxbridge, north-west London, studying mathematics, technology and design.
While at university he worked part-time at Gatwick Airport and had clearance for working airside
Met a Sikh woman who converted to Islam so they could marry
Step-cousin, Nabeel Hussain, a co-defendant who was found not guilty

To the outside world Jawad Akbar would have come across as a normal young man of Pakistani origin.

He worked and studied hard to pass his exams and he had a great interest in sport.

But underneath the veneer, Akbar nursed a burning sense of resentment and hatred towards the society in which he lived.

His extreme views had already begun to take shape when he and Nabeel Hussain - cousins through Nabeel's stepfather - met Omar Khyam, who lived in Crawley, West Sussex.

Mr Hussain has always maintained he was duped by Khyam - the jury agreed and found him not guilty.

Akbar had been attending a militant Islamist political group at Brunel University.

He started to advocate a violent response to the problems he saw Muslims suffering around the world.

That political journey continued after he met Khyam and, together with other men, they headed in 2003 for a paramilitary training camp in the Malakand region, in Pakistan's remote north-west.

It was during this period that the men, along with others, agreed that rather than try to fight in Afghanistan, they should attack the UK on their return.

'Blow it up'

Akbar held information on his laptop that was at the heart of the plot - bomb-making recipes from a manual found on the internet.

Akbar's Uxbridge home
Uxbridge home: MI5 bugged Akbar's flat
His laptop was also used to access CDs detailing the British utilities network, information allegedly gained for the conspiracy by Waheed Mahmood.

But as their plan developed, MI5 were also on to them. The security services bugged Akbar's Uxbridge apartment - and it was here that he was heard proposing to Omar Khyam that they attack nightclub revellers.

"A big nightclub in central London, no-one can put their hands up and say they're innocent - those slags dancing around," said Akbar.

"If you got a job in a bar or club, say the Ministry of Sound, what are you planning to do there then?" asked Khyam.

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"Blow the whole thing up," replied Akbar.

The Ministry of Sound's general manager, Gary Smart, told the trial: "If the Ministry of Sound was to be the subject of a terror attack, the consequences could be devastating.

"With such a large amount of people in a confined space the impact could result in a huge loss of life."

Akbar bore a deep hatred of non-Muslims, who he referred to by the derogatory term of kuffars or kufs, meaning unbelievers not worthy of protection.

"When we kill the kuf, this is because we know Allah hates the kufs," he told his wife.

Akbar also referred to Tony Blair as being a "dirty kuffar".

But Akbar, who at one point referred to himself as a "little pawn" in the scheme, was not involved in the purchase of the ammonium nitrate or its storage at Access Self-Storage in Hanwell.




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