Place of Birth: Luton, United Kingdom;
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, Uber driver who was cleared of launching a Samurai sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace went on to plan another attack on tourists in London.
Chowdhury was motivated by dreams of martyrdom for the cause of Islam, and inspired by preachers of hate.
The targets mentioned included Madame Tussauds in London, the Gay Pride parade, and an attack on tourists on a London open-top tour bus, the jury was told.
Chowdhury told undercover officers that he had indeed been trying to carry out a terrorist attack in 2017 and that he had ‘deceived’ the earlier jury that acquitted him of it, the court was told.
He is accused of accused of preparing acts of terrorism and his sister Sneha Chowdhury, 25, is accused of failing to disclose information.
Chowdhury purchased a replica Glock gun and told undercover officers what he was planning to do and why.
He also told them of what he was wanting and planning to do, and sought to involve them in the carrying out of one or more terrorist attacks.
In January 2019, he posted a series of Islamic quotations on Instagram, including reference to paradise, adding: ‘Know that paradise is under the shade of swords’.
Days later Chowdhury started enquiries into firearms training, and started ‘preparations to undertake that which he had been stopped from doing in 2017, an act of terrorism.
On 10 March 2019, his sister’s bank account was used to purchase two Red Oak ‘Bokken’ 40 inch wooden training swords which were delivered to the home address.
The house had been bugged and recordings picked up Chowdhury showing his sister how to use them six days later, saying: ‘Let’s fight here for a little bit then you do the study. You attack first and then I attack first.
And on April 2, Chowdhury told his sister: ‘I need to practice decapitation techniques and it’s not gonna be like you know what I mean you can’t do it in the garden.’
On June 20, Chowdhury told his sister that he was giving his notice in to work, adding: ‘I’m doing another attack bruv.’
His sister said that he was just having a ‘down day’ but Chowdhury told her: ‘No I’m serious bro it’s about time now.’
It is alleged that between January 12 and July 3 last year, Mohiussunnath booked a firearms training course, requested and selected a firearm and researched potential attack targets and asked another person to do the same.
It is also alleged that he undertook weight and fitness training, martial arts training and purchased and trained with wooden training swords called bokkens.
Mohiussunnath, a university drop out and former Uber driver, is charged under section 5 (1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
He also allegedly disseminated a terrorist video called ‘The Establishment of the Islamic State Pt 6’ on March 19 last year.
A third charge accuses him of possession of an Islamic State instructional manual called ‘Guidelines for doing just terror operations’ on July 3.
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