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Five jailed for helping 21/7 plot
Top row (l-r): Ismail Abdurahman, Wahbi Mohammed. Bottom row (l-r): Muhedin Ali, Siraj Ali, Abdul Sherif
The five men helped the plotters evade detection for a time

Five men who helped the bombers in the aftermath of the failed London attacks on 21 July 2005 have been jailed on terror charges.

Kingston Crown Court heard they had provided the plotters with safe houses, passports, clothing and food.

Their efforts enabled the bombers to evade being caught for some time.

Muhedin Ali, 29, Wahbi Mohammed, 25, Ismail Abdurahman, 25, Siraj Ali, 32, and Abdul Sherif, 30, all from London, were given between seven and 17 years.

Between them, they were convicted of 22 charges of failing to disclose information about terrorism and assisting an offender.

It was only through luck that they failed
Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, of the 21 July bomb-plotters

Siraj Ali and Mohammed were also convicted of having prior knowledge of the plot to explode devices on the London transport network.

The four men behind that plot - Muktar Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussein Osman - were all jailed for life last year over the attempted attacks.

They had tried to detonate devices on Tube trains at Shepherd's Bush, Warren Street and Oval stations and on a bus in Shoreditch, east London.

Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said the two men who knew of the plot before it happened and failed to alert the authorities were "despicable".

JAIL SENTENCES
Wahbi Mohammed, 25, from Stockwell: 17 years
Siraj Ali, 33, from Enfield: 12 years
Abdul Sherif, 30, from Stockwell: 10 years
Ismail Abdurahman, 25, from Lambeth: 10 years
Muhedin Ali, 29, from Ladbroke Grove: 7 years

"The bombers of July 21 2005 wanted to repeat the carnage of 7/7 by killing and maiming passengers on the London transport system. It was only through luck that they failed," he said.

The others, he added, had contributed to the public's fear of terrorism at that time by helping the bombers escape immediate capture.

Judge Paul Worsley QC, sentencing, said none of the men had shown any remorse and they must serve lengthy prison sentences to protect the public.

But he said the sentences at the court's disposal were "woefully inadequate to reflect the enormity" of the case.

He also said the need for armed police to enter Stockwell tube station on the 22 July when an innocent Brazilian was shot dead could have been avoided if the men had disclosed information about the bombers' identity and whereabouts.

Brothers

During the four-month trial, the court heard how after the bombers' attempts failed, Sherif played an "integral part" in arranging for his brother Osman to travel to Italy to stay with other family members.

Osman took the Eurostar from Waterloo using his brother's passport but was eventually arrested in Rome.

After more than 10 days of deliberation, the jury found Sherif guilty of assisting the bombers but cleared him of three further counts of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, including having prior knowledge of the attacks. He was given a 10-year jail term.

Osman had also been helped by Abdurahman who gave him a place to stay from 23 to 26 July, the court heard.

For his part, the administrative assistant from Lambeth was sentenced to 10 years.

Sherif's passport
Osman escaped to Rome using his brother's passport

Wahbi Mohammed was the brother of another of the 21 July plotters, Ramzi Mohammed.

The court heard Wahbi Mohammed took a video camera used to record suicide messages from his brother's address in Dalgarno Gardens, north Kensington, and a suicide note intended for his family.

Max Hill, prosecuting, told jurors Mohammed then helped his brother by taking him food, a new mobile phone and a sim card while he was in hiding with Ibrahim at Dalgarno Gardens.

Wahbi Mohammed, from Stockwell, was jailed for 17 years, the longest of the five sentences.

Bomb-making

Siraj Ali lived above failed Warren Street bomber Yassin Omar in New Southgate.

The men had once been fostered by the same family and formed a strong bond.

The court heard Siraj Ali not only sheltered Ibrahim, but also housed other members of 21 July plot when the fumes from bomb-making in Omar's flat became overwhelming. The judge sentenced him to 12 years.

The fifth defendant, Muhedin Ali, was a friend of Osman and the Mohammed brothers, with whom he would play football.

He took possession of extremist material belonging to Osman the night before the attacks, and Ramzi Mohammed's suicide note, jurors were told.

They convicted him of assisting an offender and cleared him of two counts of having prior knowledge of the planned attacks. The judge gave him a seven-year sentence.



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