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Naive ‘Lyrical Terrorist’ Found Guilty In Britain

From France’s AFP:

‘Lyrical Terrorist’ found guilty in British court


LONDON (AFP) – A 23-year-old who called herself the “Lyrical Terrorist” and penned poems with titles including “How To Behead” has Thursday become the first woman to be convicted under terrorism legislation.

Samina Malik, who worked in a newsagent at London’s Heathrow airport, was a “committed Islamic extremist who supports terrorism and terrorists,” prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the Old Bailey.

Malik, from Southall, west London, denied being a terrorist and said she used the nickname because she thought it was “cool”.

She was convicted of possessing records likely to be useful in terrorism and bailed ahead of sentencing on December 6.

Judge Peter Beaumont warned her that she could face jail, adding: “You have been in many respects a complete enigma to me.”

When police searched Malik’s bedroom after arresting her last October, they found a document in which she said she wanted “the opportunity to take part in the blessed, sacred duty of jihad”, prosecutors said.

I always sit alone to think and ponder how it would be to unite with the Muslim ummah (community) and to go shoot rocket-launchers, help them load their ammunition, nurse the wounded, and what the atmosphere would be like,” she added.

Her poem “How To Behead” contained the line: “It’s not as messy or as hard as some may think/It’s all about the flow of the wrist.”

Officers found documents on her computer entitled “How To Win In Hand To Hand Combat,” “How To Make Bombs” and “Sniper Manual”, the court heard.

On an Internet social networking site called Hi-5, she described her favourite television shows as “watching videos by my Muslim brothers in Iraq, yep the beheading ones, watching videos by Osama bin Laden…and other videos which show massacres of the kaffirs (infidels)“.

Mind you, Ms. Malik was found not guilty of the more serious charge of “possessing an article for a terrorist purpose.”

And no wonder with a judge like this:

Judge Peter Beaumont warned her that she could face jail, adding: “You have been in many respects a complete enigma to me.”

Yes, Ms. Malik is about as enigmatic as her hero Osama Bin Laden.

Here is some more background on this brava, from BBC News:

‘Lyrical Terrorist led double life’

The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook which was found in Samina Malik's bedroom (Pic: Met Police)

By Victoria Bone

Samina Malik was born in Britain and grew up in the west London borough of Southall.

Like many from the area, she found work at Heathrow Airport where she was a shop assistant at WH Smith.

But during her trial, prosecutors claimed Malik hid another, radicalised identity behind her everyday existence…

Police also told the Old Bailey they found a “library” of extreme literature in her bedroom including The Al-Qaeda Manual and The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook.

But throughout her trial, 23-year-old Malik insisted her poems were “meaningless”. …

In fact, she said: “I did not realise there was such a thing as extremism.” …

In early 2002, using the name Lyrical Babe, she said she began writing rap poems about guns and violence in the style of artists Tupac Shakur and 50 Cent.

At the same time, she said her interest in Islam began to grow and in 2004 she started wearing a hijab

In the evenings after work, the prosecution said Malik posted her poems to a number of extremist websites.

The court also heard that she wrote about terrorism on the back of WH Smith receipts.

One note read to the jury said: “The desire within me increases every day to go for martyrdom.”

On other till rolls, police said they found scribblings about Soviet spy weapons and “poisoned bullets” capable of killing the inhabitants of an entire street…

Malik, however, denied there was anything sinister about her behaviour

She said that another of her screen names Bint al Shaheed – meaning “daughter of the martyr” – was simply chosen in honour of her grandmother, who died of liver cancer in 2002.

Nevertheless, she said she did like to be known as Stranger Awaiting Martyrdom.

Malik also admitted visiting various extremist websites, including that of controversial cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, but insisted she had “stumbled” upon it…

WH Smith receipt on which Samina Malik wrote about martyrdom (Pic: Met Police)

Poor innocent dear.

Of course she will get off with the mildest of wrist-slaps.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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