I'm giving this statement on behalf of those defendants convicted today, that is Omar Khyam, Anthony Garcia, Waheed Mahmood, Jawad Akbar, and Salahuddin Amin. These are their words that they wish me to read out:
In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate, we bear witness there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and Mohammed as his messenger.
This was a prosecution driven by the security services, able to hide behind a cloak of secrecy, and eager to obtain ever greater resources and power to encroach on individual rights.
There was no limit to the money, resources and underhand strategies that were used to secure convictions in this case.
This case was brought in an atmosphere of hostility against Muslims, at home, and abroad. One stoked by this government throughout the course of this case.
This prosecution involved extensive intrusion upon personal lives, not only ours, but our families and friends.
Coached witnesses were brought forward. Forced confessions were gained through illegal detention, and torture abroad. Threats and intimidation was used to hamper the truth. All with the trial judge seemingly intent to assist the prosecution almost every step of the way.
These were just some of the means used in the desperate effort to convict. Anyone looking impartially at the evidence would realise that there was no conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK, and that we did not pose any threat to the security of this country.
It is not an offence to be young, Muslim and angry at the global injustices against Muslims.
Allah says in the Qur'an, "Oh mankind, worship your Lord who created you, and those before you, that you may become righteous."
And that's the end of the statement. Thank you.
Right now, in spite all the media coverage that has been given to the Crevice trial, it’s still hard work trying to piece together what the defence’s case actually was. Any attempt at objective coverage of terrorism trials by the British media was dumped ages ago. The role of our newspapers and television is now simply to repeat only material used by the prosecution, no matter how irrelevant or nonsensical.
And every time a particularly juicy video is shown in court the BBC always seems to get hold of the tape just in time for that day’s early evening news broadcast.
But from the little that can be picked up about the defence case it has a familiar whiff about it – some angry and foolish young men shooting their mouths off, a colossal amount of irrelevant information and bullshit presented as ‘evidence’, a little overseas torture, a dodgy star witnesses and maybe, just maybe, the odd agent provocateur
For an example of a similar high-profile case, which doesn’t look like it will be as successful for the authorities as Crevice is turning out to be, you could do much worse that reading up on the Toronto Bomb Plot supposedly foiled last year. There are many parallels with the Crevice plot.
The most interesting aspect is the role played by Islamic convert Mubin Shaikh – the guy involved in buying the fertilizer that was allegedly going to be used by the plotters. The interesting part being that he was working undercover for the RCMP at the time - an area of activity for the RCMP that certainly wasn't covered in any episode of Due South that I've ever seen.
Apparently, the RCMP still owes Mubin $300,000 for services rendered.
Which sounds like a lot but presumably that's Canadian dollars so it only works out to something like £42.50 in real money