Mohiussunnath Chowdhury Bio – Wiki
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury is from Luton. He acquitted of terrorism in 2018 after he was arrested with a meter-long samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace has been convicted of planning an attack at tourist hotspots in London.
Chowdhury was found guilty of terrorism offenses on Monday after the jury at Woolwich crown court heard he planned to kill members of the public at busy London locations including Madame Tussauds, the Pride parade and on an open-top tour bus.
He is 28 years old.
Man plotted Madame Tussauds Attack After 2018 Terror Acquittal
In December 2018, Chowdhury was acquitted by an Old Bailey jury in relation to the 2017 attack outside the Queen’s London residence.
He had been armed with the sword and shouted “Allahu Akbar” but his lawyer successfully convinced the jury that he had been trying to get himself killed by a police officer, rather than intending to hurt anyone else.
However, a week after his release from remand in December 2018 following the acquittal, he posted online about the virtues of martyrdom and published an image of the police officer who had wrestled the sword away from him outside the Queen’s London residence, calling him a “cuck”.
Those posts were the trigger for an undercover operation by counter-terrorism officers, which would lead to Chowdhury’s downfall.
Over several months, four undercover officers befriended him and the former Uber driver turned chicken shop driver shared with them his deadly plans to use guns, knives or a vehicle to cause murder and mayhem, leading to his arrest three days before Pride, which he had discussed attacking with a vehicle.
He also bragged to them about deceiving the jury in 2018, seems particularly proud of the ruse of shaving off his beard before going to court. He said that his intention had been to “whack” a soldier at the palace.
Video from police interviews after his arrest showed that he initially cut a nonchalant figure, telling officers that it was all a misunderstanding fuelled by misguided suspicion over his innocent interest in weightlifting and martial arts.
His Sister Also Was Charged
His sister was charged with two counts of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism but claimed after their arrest in July 2019 that their conversations were lighthearted. Nevertheless, the jury convicted her on one count and acquitted her on another.
Her brother was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, collecting information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, for having a guide to carrying out terrorist attacks on his phone, and of disseminating terrorist publications, for the execution video he shared.
He showed no emotion after hearing the jury return their verdicts following eight hours and 39 minutes of deliberations. By contrast, his sister wept in the dock.