Tarik Hassane was a medical student from West London who had once hoped to become a heart surgeon. Instead, the son of a Saudi Arabian ambassador was jailed for life after admitting being the ringleader of an IS-inspired plot to carry out a drive-by shooting of police and soldiers close to where he grew up.
Hassane had visited Syria in 2013 where he learned how to handle guns and spent time with a fighter who was killed. On his return to the UK, having decided not to become a fighter too, he raised thousands of pounds to support extremist violence in Syria before becoming the “prime mover” in the murderous plot.
He was arrested after an intensive police and MI5 surveillance operation, which Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said “prevented a murderous plot.”
Mr Hassane was convicted on 23 March 2016 for the offence of Conspiracy to murder, preparing for acts of terrorism. He along with his friend Suhaib Majeed planned to kill soldiers, police officers and civilians.
Tarik Hassane was jailed for a minimum of 21 years by the London Old Bailey court.