Terrorist jailed for life19/12/2008
THE first man convicted of directing terrorist has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of ten years. Rangzieb Ahmed was found guilty of being an Al Qaida middle-man and attempting to build a terror cell in Manchester.
Today, a judge ruled the 33-year-old Rochdale man was an 'active international terrorist' who should not be released until he had dropped his 'distorted' views. His accomplice, taxi driver Habib Ahmed, was given a 10-year sentence for his role in trying to create secret death squads.
But in dramatic scenes at Manchester Crown Court, a group of men chanted from the public gallery in Arabic 'Paradise is yours'.
Mr Justice Saunders removed himself from the courtroom as female family members of both men sobbed uncontrollably.
One woman shouted 'He's innocent'.
A clerk later returned to deliver the final part of the verdict.