19 Febbraio 2014
Brusthom Ziamani: The former Jehovah’s Witness who was radicalised within weeks
Brusthom Ziamani who idolised the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby, admits he was planning an attack on British soil because he had no way of getting to Syria
Brusthom Ziamani was turned in to an Islamist fanatic by followers of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary after he was kicked out by his Jehovah’s Witness family.
The teenager was targeted by extremists after attending a south London mosque while homeless and drawn in to their warped world.
He was given a bed in a Camberwell flat which became a hotbed of extremism and was radicalised with alarming speed.
Just months before his arrest for terrorist offences he was a sports-mad London teenager involved in boxing and the specialist hobby of parkour, where people jump around every day obstacles such as buildings, walls and roofs.
He was also involved in petty crime.
But within weeks of converting to Islam he was ranting extremist messages and attending protests before ultimately plotting to behead a soldier.
He idolised the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby and wanted to emulate their horrific acts.
He plotted an attack on UK soil because he had no way of getting to Syria to become a jihadist there, he admitted.
Ziamani even revealed his plans in a letter addressed to his parents and written weeks before his arrest.
Ziamani wrote of his plans in letters to his parents
Ziamani, 19, who was known as Bruce before converting to Islam, was brought up in south London and went to school in Peckham.
He lived with his nursery nurse mother and psychiatric nurse father, who originally came from the Congo and are Jehovah’s Witnesses. He had a strict religious upbringing.
As a child he was taken to knock on people’s doors to “prosthelytize and evangelise” in an attempt to convert them to his religion.
His faith meant he never had a birthday or celebrated Christmas and as a “young black guy” growing up in south London he grew away from his faith, he told the Old Bailey.
He became involved in boxing and parkour and a big fan of rap music.
But he also become involved in stealing people’s credit cards and went to a “play house” to have sex with prostitutes.
It was his love of rap music that drew him to Islam, he claimed.
In the spring of 2014 he converted to Islam. He would hide his Islamic clothing from his father by tucking in his robe when he was on the house.
His parents discovered he had become a Muslim after finding photographs of people in Islamic clothing on his phone.
His father threw his bible at him and the pair had furious rows, according to one neighbour.
He was told he could either stay and abide by their rules or be a Muslim and leave the house.
When his then girlfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, rejected his attempts to convert her he threatened to “wipe her out”.
He started attending Camberwell mosque and would sleep there before a friend offered him a place to stay around the corner.
But the flat was a focal point for members of the banned group Al-Muhajiroun and were all followers of its one-time leader and hate cleric Anjem Choudary.
Ziamani was a follower of controversial cleric Anjem Choudhary
Ziamani admitted in police interview that he was a supporter of the controversial preacher.
He took on the name Mujahid Karim and began attending extremist demonstrations and handed out leaflets before he was invited to a meeting in the basement of a Halal sweet shop, in East London, for a talk on bringing Sharia law to Britain’s streets.
Hours after the talk Ziamani posted on Facebook: “Sharia law on its way on our streets. We will implement it, it’s part of our religion.”
In June last year, police raided the flat amid allegations it was being illegally sublet.
Officers found a letter written by Ziamani in which he talked of the “ISIB Islamic States of Ireland and Britain” and would “wage war against the British government on this soil”.
He called on his “hellfire brothers” to carry out a “9/11, 7/7 and Woolwich” every day.
Ziamani mocked the outrage caused by the murder of Lee Rigby the year before and idolised the soldier’s killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
On the day of his arrest in August he had told his ex-girlfriend he was going to “kill soldiers”.
FONTE: The Telgraph
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