Mohammed Hamid, the man who dubbed himself “Osama bin London” was found guilty by a London court Tuesday of organizing extremist training camps and soliciting murder:
Followers of Mohammed Hamid, 50, included four of the men later convicted of being involved in failed bomb attacks on the London public transport system on July 21, 2005.
Hamid, described in court as a “recruiter, groomer and corrupter of young Muslims” worked with Atilla Ahmet, a former spokesman for the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri who is serving seven-year jail sentence for race hate crimes and for urging his followers to kill non-Muslims.
Hamza is currently awaiting extradition to the United States on suspicion of involvement in setting up a training camp for Islamist extremists in the northwest state of Oregon.
Ahmet admitted three charges of soliciting murder in September last year, a month before Hamid’s trial began at the high security Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.
The court heard that Hamid wanted to send recruits for training in Afghanistan and east Africa and that he boasted his name was “Osama bin London” — a play on the name of the Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The Telegraph has his background:
Mohammed Hamid is a former drug-addict who beat up his wife and could turn from a pleasant charmer into a domineering monster in the blink of an eye, a close family member told the Daily Telegraph.
“He is evil personified,” the woman said. “He is capable of killing people.”
The woman, who is too afraid to be identified, said the family moved from Tanzania, East Africa to Batley in the 1960s. The town borders Dewsbury, in West Yorkshire where the July 7 bombers plotted their attacks.
The four brothers and seven sisters lived with their parents and other relatives in one house and ran a clothing business from home. Hamid, or “Babou” as he was known to the family, was the black sheep of the family who had a Muslim wedding, which was never registered, to an Afro-Carribean woman called Linda from Hackney, east London.
“He beat her black and blue,” the relative claimed. “He was never afraid to put the boot in but he could also be nice as you like.
Much more about this cretin at the Telegraph. It sounds like he followed the typical trajectory of brutish street thug to radical Islamofascist. A relative had this to say:
“He was really a criminal and I think he only turned to religion for the attention,” the relative said.
“But he hated Britain and told his nephews the whole country should be Islamic and they should kill non-believers.”
Hat tip: Crime Scene KC