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Profile: Nabeel Hussain
Five men have been convicted of planning to kill hundreds of people with a giant fertiliser bomb. But one of the accused, Nabeel Hussain, was found not guilty - having been in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Nabeel Hussain
Born on 9 April 1985
Has spent most of his life in Horley, Surrey, six miles from Crawley
At the time of his arrest he was studying international politics at Brunel University in Uxbridge, west London
His stepfather's nephew, Jawad Akbar, was found guilty

Nabeel Hussain went on trial a year ago, accused of playing a relatively minor role in the whole conspiracy. He appeared on the fringe of the alleged plot - and then only in its final months.

The student left court innocent after the jury accepted his defence that he was an unwitting victim of someone else's conspiracy - and that he himself had no role in what happened.

He was not one of the men who went to Pakistan to attend a paramilitary training camp. Indeed, it was only in September 2003 that he met Omar Khyam through his step-cousin, Jawad Akbar, one of other guilty men.

But two months later, when Khyam bought 600kg of ammonium nitrate and decided to store it at a self-storage depot in Hanwell, west London, Hussain's debit card was used to pay the rental hire.

During the trial, Mr Hussain said he thought he was helping out a friend in lending him some money for his building business. Khyam needed some storage space and Mr Hussain was happy to help.

As a student with a part-time job, the 207 monthly fees for the lock-up was a considerable outlay.

So much so, in fact, that a few days later Shujah Mahmood, Omar Khyam's younger brother, deposited 200 in Hussain's bank account to ensure the rental fee was paid. Like Mr Hussain, Shujah Mahmood was found not guilty after the jury decided they were not part of the conspiracy.


But there still was not enough money in his account so his bank declined payment and a week later an undercover policewoman, posing as a receptionist from the storage depot phoned Hussain to query the payment.

At the trial, answering questions by his barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, Mr Hussain denied having been "radicalised".

He had never been to a paramilitary training camp in Pakistan and took no real interest in the political situation.

Asked about his interests, the 21-year-old mentioned "computer games, skateboarding, hanging out with friends, football and going to the movies".

I thought it was sand. Khyam explained to me that he did renovating work, doing up old houses
Nabeel Hussain

Hussain insisted on his innocence and claimed he thought the ammonium nitrate was a harmless consignment of sand.

"I thought it was sand. Khyam explained to me that he did renovating work, doing up old houses. He was going to store it," he told the jury.

When he discovered it was fertiliser, he said he mentioned it to a university friend who said that it could be turned into an explosive. "I was scared," said Hussain. "I had never heard of it before."

Asked if he was part of a plot to store a bomb, he said: "I certainly was not. It's against my beliefs and religion. It was never something I was part of or I wanted to be part of."

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