Haroon Syed, a British teenager who was plotting to launch a terrorist attack at an Elton John concert celebrating the 9/11 anniversary in London was given a life sentence on Monday. Haroon Syed was sentenced to at least 16 years and 6 months in prison following his arrest last year, when he had admitted to planning terrorist acts on British soil.
According to the judge Michael Topolski, who passed his sentence at London’s Central Criminal Court, the 19 year old jihadist was intending to carry out an act of mass murder in the UK, hence the harsh sentence, signaling that UK courts are now applying a zero tolerance policy with regards to Islamic terrorism. Haroon Syed was sentenced by Judge Topolski to life with no chance of parole for sixteen and a half years due to the teenager’s commitment to the Islamic State’s ideology. ISIS was described by the British judge as a barbaric and brutal organization which hijacked and corrupted Islam for its own purposes.
UK prosecutors described how the UK born Haroon Syed was radicalized after his elder brother Nadir was arrested and sentenced last year to a minimum of fifteen years with no chance of parole for the exact same reason: he plotted an ISIS style beheading during the Remembrance Day war commemorations. Haroon Syed tried to buy explosives and weapons online from an undercover British intelligence officer running under the Abu Yusuf nickname. Haroon told Abu Yusuf that he needs, let me quote:
“Two things. Number one, machine gun and we need someone who can make a vest you know the dugma [button] one. So after some damage with machine gun then do itishadi [martyrdom] … that’s what I’m planning to do.
“If I go to prison, I go to prison. If I die, I die, you understand? I have got to get to Jannah [heaven].”
The young wannabe jihadist told British intelligence officers he was plotting to bomb London’s Oxford Street high end shopping district and an Elton John concert in Hyde Park on September 11 2016. Following his arrest by police in September 2016, Haroon was asked to provide the password to unlock his smartphone. His answer was:
Yeah, I.S.I.S. You like that?