Jihad recruiter handed four life sentences
Fri Sep 09 2011 16:13
A former Taliban fighter has been handed four life sentences for trying to recruit undercover police officers to fight in Afghanistan.
Pakistani-born British citizen Munir Farooqi, 54, was at the centre of a plot to radicalise young men to "fight, kill and die" for their cause, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Farooqi and two others were captured in a police sting when two undercover anti-terrorism police officers infiltrated his group.
Following a four month trial, he was convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism, three counts of soliciting to murder and one count of dissemination of terrorist publications.
During sentencing on Friday, he was told he must serve a minimum of nine years before he can be considered for parole.
A judge said he had used his experience fighting with the Taliban as a "tool of recruitment to run the "Manchester recruitment centre" from Islamic bookstalls in the city.