Three British Men Jailed for Preparing to Commit Terrorism

Three British men were sentenced to as much as nine years and nine months in jail for preparing to commit terrorist acts in the U.K. and abroad.

Richard Dart, 30, Imran Mahmood, 22, and Jahangir Alom, 26, were sentenced today at London’s Central Criminal Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to planning the attacks.

Dart was jailed for six years, Mahmood will spend nine years and nine months in custody, and Alom was sentenced to four years and six months, London’s Metropolitan Police said in an e-mailed statement. Mahmood received terrorist training in Pakistan while Dart and Alom hoped to, police said.

“The training that Dart and Alom sought, and which Mahmood attempted to assist with, would have taught Dart and Alom the skills and techniques necessary to commit acts of terrorism both abroad and in the United Kingdom,” Mark Topping, a counter-terrorism lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said in an e-mailed statement today.

All three men pleaded guilty in March.

“This case serves as a classic example of how terrorists live in our midst while preparing their acts and their determination to travel overseas to train before returning to the U.K.,” Stuart Osborne, head of the police’s counter-terrorism unit, said in the statement.

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