Former BBC Security Guard Jailed

A former security guard at the BBC has been jailed for 11 years for “engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.”

Richard Dart and his co-conspirators, Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood, were sentenced at the Old Bailey last week for the offences committed between July 2010 and July 2012.

According to a recent article in the Telegraph, “Dart refused to stand when he was sentenced, saying: ‘I don’t wish to stand up, I believe ruling and judging is only for Allah’. The judge said that they were all “committed fundamentalists” who would have been prepared to kill.”

Dart and Alom had previously travelled to Pakistan to try and get terrorist training. Dart also conspired with Mahmood to build a bomb and the target was thought to be the town of Wootton Bassett, a military repatriation town in Wiltshire.

In order to remain undetected, Dart and Mahmood used a Word Document on Dart’s laptop to discuss their plans. Each would take a turn to type their message before deleting the text. Both Mahmood and Dart were unaware that the text would be stored on the laptop, even after they had deleted it, leaving forensic experts with 2,000 pages of code to sift through in order to make out the pair’s conversations.

The head of the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne, stated that the investigation had involved a “mixture of dedicated, diligent traditional detective work combined with the latest technology and computer techniques”, according to a report by the BBC.

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