Mohammed Mizanur Rahman (alias Abu Baraa, born 1983 in London, England) is a British Islamist activist and former follower of Omar Bakri Muhammad. He was convicted in 2007 of charges of solicitation to murder American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. He was released from jail in late 2010 and re-arrested for terror-related offences in September 2014.
On 28 July 2016, Rahman was convicted alongside Anjem Choudary of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, ISIS. Reporting restrictions were imposed on the conviction, preventing its publication until 16 August 2016. Rahman was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment.
Mizanur Rahman is known for his advocacy of Islamist views. He participated in the Islamist demonstration outside the Danish Embassy in London in 2006 and he was later charged in relation to the protest. On 9 November 2006, he was found guilty at trial of the charge of inciting racial hatred. The jury could not reach a verdict on the charge of soliciting murder. The Crown indicated it would seek a retrial.
At his retrial in 2007, Rahman was convicted of the second charge of solicitation to murder, and sentenced to six years in prison. This sentence was reduced to four years on appeal in October 2008. During his trial, the prosecution asserted that Rahman, while not a member of any organisation, was soliciting unknown person(s) to murder other unknown person(s) from among the American occupying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since completing his four-year sentence at the end of 2010, Mizanur Rahman immediately began to revive his Islamist activities around the UK and on the Internet. He has called for the laws in Britain to be changed to the Islamic Shari’ah so that the country would become an Islamic Khilafah state.
Mizanur Rahman claims that many Muslim prisoners in the UK are being illegally detained, unfairly treated and abused. He has referred to ‘crimes’ committed by prison officials in Belmarsh prison in talks and internet addresses since his release from prison.
He has also claimed that his arrest was driven by a media campaign. He said his action are a challenge to and an “exposition freedom of speech”.
In November 2010, immediately after completing his four-year prison sentence, he was interviewed by Rageh Omaar for a BBC2 series on the life of Muhammad. Questioned about jihad and violence related to insurgencies around the world against western forces, he said, “violence can be praiseworthy and can be dispraised.”
On 5 August 2015, Rahman was charged, along with his associate Anjem Choudary, with supporting the terrorist group ISIS. He was convicted on 28 July 2016 and later sentenced to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment. Rahman is expected to be released on licence in October 2018.
HE IS NOW RELEASED FROM PRISON AND BACK ON LONDON STREETS.