– IQBAL, ELASMAR & BASIRU GASSAMA
* Zahoor Iqbal a teaching assistantof Perry Barr, Birmingham, was born in 1978 to a family from Pakistani descent. Zahoor Iqbal sent through Parviz Khan, in the years 2005-6, £12,000 to an office in Pakistan for Parviz Khan to collect. The purpose of the money remains unclear.
Zahoor Iqbal was asked by Parviz Khan to help him to obtain and to use video camera equipment in order to make films of operations and suicide bombers.
Zahoor Iqbal was arrested, on Wednesday 01/31/2007. When Zahoor Iqbal’s home was searched, a bag was found with a CD “jihad encyclopedia”. He was charged for possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist and an intention to assist others to commit acts of terror. The Birmingham beheading plot was not mentioned. His trial began in Leicester Crown Court on 01/29/2008. Zahoor Iqbal denied all the charges against him.
Zahoor Iqbal was convicted, on 02/15/2008, of helping fanatic Parvis Khan to supply equipment to people in Pakistan.
Hamid Elasmar pleaded guilty to helping Parviz Khan supply equipment to Afghanistan but denied knowing about the plot and failing to disclose information about it. His trial began in Leicester Crown Court on 01/29/2008.
* Basiru Gassama was born in Brikama Mansanringsu, Gambia in 1978. He attended a local Quraanic school before his parents sent him to Senegal to study the Quraan. Later Basiru Gassama went to Saudi Arabia to further his education before moving to the UK where he acquired British citizenship.
Basiru Gassama owned a grocery shop in Alum Rock, Birmingham, the neighborhood of Parviz Khan. He is married to the daughter of a former Gambian Foreign Affairs Minister.
Basiru Gassama was approached by Parviz Khan in late 2005 and was asked to provide details about a Muslim British soldier that Parviz Khan planned to kidnap and behead. Basiru Gassama found ways to avoid the request. In 11/2006 Basiru Gassama was shown by Parviz Khan video footages from atrocities and beheadings in Iraq in yet another attempt to convince Basiru Gassama to cooperate with the plot.
Basiru Gassama was arrested, on Wednesday 01/31/2007, and charged of withholding information about a potential act of terrorism referring to the Birmingham beheading plot . Basiru Gassama admitted knowing about the plot and not telling anyone about it.
Zahoor Iqbal, Basiru Gassama and Hamid Elasmar were released from jail, along with Mohammed Irfan, on Sunday 10/25/2009.
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