Waheed Mahmood, a British citizen from Pakistani descent, was born on 03/22/1972. He lived in Crawley, West Sussex, UK, is married and has children.
Between 1989 and 1995 Waheed Mahmood worked for British Gas, servicing and repairing boilers in customers' homes. Later he worked in a tile shop. In 2002 Waheed Mahmood met Omar Khyam at the local Mosque in Crawley and attanded radical political meetings in Luton, organized by the Islamic Al-Muhajiroun group. He also gave a job to Omar Khyam - later the ringleader of the Fertilizer 04 Plot.
In 2003 Waheed Mahmood headed to Pakistan for a year. It was at his family home in Gujar Khan, Pakistan, that Waheed Mahmood first suggested to Omar Khyam and Jawad Akbar targeting the UK. In his evidence in the trial few years later Mohammed J. Babar said: "Waheed... didn't understand why all these UK brothers were coming to Pakistan and wanting to fight in Afghanistan when they could easily do Jihad operations in England."
Returning to the UK in early 2004, Waheed Mahmood took a job with Morrisons Utility Services, a contractor for the National Grid running the electricity and gas system. MI5 bugged Waheed Mahmood s’ apartment - and he was heard proposing the idea of bombing the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and praise the Madrid Trains Bombing in Spain.
On the night of 03/30/2004 Waheed Mahmood, along with all other members of the Fertilizer 04 Plot was arrested on charges to attempt to carry out terror attack. Waheed Mahmood s’ trial was opened in London on 03/21/2006 alongside 6 more defendants. He was one of the few who took steps to prevent his discovery and had unscrewed his computer hard drive.
Waheed Mahmood was the senior member in the Fertilizer 04 Plot and according to his judge "exerted authority over others".
Waheed Mahmood was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on 04/30/2007.
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