BRITAIN’S youngest terrorist was behind bars today – remanded in custody for sentencing at the Old Bailey next month.
Blackfriars Crown Court in London heard how al Qaida propaganda videos and recordings promoting “murder and destruction” were found in the Dewsbury schoolboy’s home.
Hammaad Munshi, 18, of Greenwood Street, Saville Town, Dewsbury, was just 16 and taking GCSEs at Westborough High School when arrested.
He was said to be part of a cell of cyber groomers that set out to brainwash the vulnerable to kill “non-believers”.
For nearly a year the teenager, whose grandfather is president of the Islamic Research Institute of Great Britain and a leading Islamic scholar, led a double life.
By day he attended lessons at the school and did as he was told.
But in the evening he spent hours surfing jihadist sites and distributing material to others as part of what the Crown branded a “worldwide conspiracy” to “wipe out” non-Muslims.
During the trial, the court heard evidence of detailed instructions about making napalm, other high explosives, detonators and grenades, and on “how to kill”.
Munshi did not give evidence, but used his barrister to argue the material resulted from “curiosity”.
Co-accused Aabid Khan, 23, of Otley Road, Undercliffe, Bradford, who recruited Munshi when Munshi was 15, had claimed the material police found resulted from “hoarding and curiosity”.
And a third accused, Khan’s cousin and Post Officer night sorter Sultan Muhammad, 23, of Hanover Square, Manningham, Bradford, suggested through counsel the computer files belonged to others.
A fourth defendant, Ahmed Sulieman, 30, from south London, explained the files found belonged to somebody else.
The jury of seven women and four men, which spent six days considering the evidence, convicted Munshi, Khan and Muhammad of Terrorism Act offences committed between November 23, 2005, and June 20, 2006.
Khan was found guilty of three counts of possessing articles for a purpose connected with terrorism. He was cleared of a further count.
Muhammad, was found guilty of three possession charges and one of making a record of information likely to be useful in terrorism.
Munshi was found guilty of one offence of making a record, but not guilty of a possession offence.
Ahmed Sulieman was cleared of three possession allegations.
Munshi was 15 when recruited by Khan.
They lived 10 miles apart, phoned each other during 2005 and 2006 and swapped documents about “black powder explosives”.
Khan wanted to fulfil the teenager’s wish to go abroad and “fight jihad” and during one internet exchange discussed how the schoolboy might smuggle a sword through airport security.
The Dewsbury-born teenager was detained a day after Khan as he and friends returned from Westborough High School.
The IT whizz-kid – whose online Arabic profile “fidadee” means a “person ready to sacrifice themselves for a particular cause” – ran a website selling hunting knives and Islamic flags and was the cell’s computer specialist.
Two bags of ball-bearings – the shrapnel of choice for suicide bombers – were found in one of his pockets.
On his PC were al Qaida propaganda videos and recordings promoting “murder and destruction”.
The teenager, whose grandfather is Sheikh Yakub Munshi, president of the Islamic Research Institute of Great Britain at the Markazi Mosque, Dewsbury, also stored notes on martyrdom under his bed.
Khan, the schoolboy’s mentor, had links with proscribed terrorist organisations Jaishe-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and helped radicalise jailed “wannabe suicide bomber” Mohammed Atif Siddique.
Khan was returning from Pakistan when detained.
The “routine stop” at Manchester Airport on June 6, 2006 yielded the largest cyber “encyclopaedia” of articles promoting terrorism seized by police.
It included personal information, including addresses, of various members of the Royal Family.
Among them were the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
There was also a guide to killing non-Muslims and discussions about setting up a secret Islamic state in a remote area of Scotland.
Also found were US and Canadian military training manuals, a Terrorist’s Handbook, a Mujahideen Explosives Handbook and a Mujahideen Poisons Handbook containing a recipe for ricin and encouragement for “brothers” to experiment on “kuffar” (non-believers).
Sketches of combat suits, which he dismissed as “ghetto clothing but with an Islamic theme”, were in his Filofax.
Bradford-born Khan – “Del Boy” to his contacts – ran At-Tibiyan Publications, an “online extremist support network”.
In one exchange he spoke of finding a “big target and taking it out ... like a military base in the UK. ”
Judge Timothy Pontius told an impassive Khan and Muhammad they would remain in custody until today when he would pass sentence.
Turning to Munshi, the judge said although he had been on bail he, too, would now be remanded in custody.
But unlike the others, he would be dealt with at the Old Bailey on September 19 after the preparation of a pre-sentence report.