A friend of an Islamic State terrorist who plotted to assassinate Theresa May has been found guilty of preparing to join terrorists abroad.

Mohammed Aqib Imran, 22, made arrangements to travel for jihad around the time Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, was set on a suicide attack against the prime minister.

Rahman, from Finchley, north London, recorded an Isis sponsorship video for Imran, the Old Bailey in central London heard.

The pair were caught by a network of online role players from the Metropolitan police, MI5 and the FBI. Rahman’s plan to kill May was scuppered when undercover officers handed him a jacket and a rucksack packed with fake explosives.

Following a trial in July, Rahman was convicted of preparing acts of terrorism and Imran was found guilty of possessing a terrorist handbook. Rahman also pleaded guilty during his trial to assisting Imran in the preparation of terrorist acts by recording a sponsorship video.

Following a retrial, Imran, a former student, was also found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism abroad on or before 28 November 2017.


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