Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar was jailed at the Old Bailey for three years (in Oct 2014) after he admitted having a bomb-making manual. His friend Erol Incedal was cleared at the end of a secret Old Bailey trial of plotting a terror attack but was convicted of possessing the same manual. Incedal told the court Rarmoul-Bouhadjar was shown the manual by “a Syrian guy who knew a lot about the making of bombs” who they met on the Turkish side of the border with Syria.
In the brief public opening of the trial, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC alleged Incedal had been considering a range of options for a terrorist attack, including against an “individual of significance” or, perhaps, a gun attack on the streets, similar to that in Mumbai in 2008.
During one discussion he talked about getting a gun and bullets, using the code “sausage and sauce”. He said he hated white people, praised Islamic State commanders, and, briefly, talked about being in Syria’s mountains.
He was raised in London by his mother. She is an Alawite Muslim, the same ethnic group as Syria’s ruling elite.
Incedal was excluded from school, convicted of petty crime and married at 17. He became a father of two and had various business plans – but none accounted for his flashy lifestyle.
He told the jury in the open proceedings he had been planning an armed robbery – he said he had been going to try to enlist three sons of the radical cleric Abu Hamza a-Masri. He denied wanting a gun for terrorism.
HE HAS RELEASED FROM A PRISON AND IS NOW WALKING FREE IN THE STREETS OF LONDON.