Teenager Sent to Prison for Planning Attack at Elton John Concert

Teenager Sent to Prison for Planning Attack at Elton John Concert

Teenager Sent to Prison for Planning Attack at Elton John Concert

Haroon Syed has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years and six months at the Old Bailey.

Syed had mulled targeting an Elton John gig in Hyde Park on the anniversary of 9/11.

Syed was caught after he tried to buy weaponry online from "Abus Yusuf", who he thought was an ISIS sympathiser, but was actually a pseudonym used by British intelligence.

Haroon Syed, of west London, admitted preparing acts of terrorism after trying to source weapons including a suicide bomb and machine gun.

His older brother, Nadir Syed, was jailed in June past year for planning a beheading on Remembrance Sunday in 2014.

The Old Bailey heard his brother's arrest was the trigger for Syed's radicalisation, and he fell under the influence of Al-Muhajiroun, the banned group linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

Home Office approved de-radicalisation expert and Bradford imam Alyas Karmani told the court there should have been earlier intervention in his case.

In May (17) Britain was rocked by a terror attack at a concert which left 22 music fans dead when 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device moments after Ariana Grande finished performing at the Manchester Arena.

Sentencing Syed to life with no chance of parole for 16½ years, the judge said the young man had been "deeply committed to the ideology of a brutal and barbaric organization that sought to hijack and corrupt an ancient and venerable religion for its own purposes" - the Islamic State group.

Syed was captured due to the efforts of undercover MI5 officers. If I go to prison, I go to prison.

When police arrested Syed at his family home in Hounslow, west London, on September 8 past year and demanded his PIN code, he said: "Yeah, ISIS. If I die, I die, you understand", he said, referring to the popular shopping street in central London. When police asked for the password to unlock his phone, he said: "Yeah, I.S.I.S".

The defence, pursuing the usual exculpation, argued that Syed was vulnerable to radicalization because of a turbulent family background, lack of education - though he was an IT college student - ignorance about Islam and addiction to violent online games, his bombing plans a "fantasy" indistinguishable from the games he played on his computer.

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