UK: ISIS Supporter Who Attacked Police Found Not Guilty

From the Daily Mail:
A man who attacked police with a sword outside Buckingham Palace while repeatedly screaming Allahu Akbar has been found not guilty of preparing acts of terrorism.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, told jurors his claims to support ISIS were ‘in jest’ and his attack was because he was ‘depressed’ and ‘wanted police to kill him’.

They unanimously acquitted the Uber driver, who lashed out at three officers on August 25 last year.

One of the officers said he had ‘fought for his life’ in the terrifying incident but a jury had failed to reach a verdict in June this year.

After that trial collapsed, Chowdhury was held at Belmarsh Prison – where he passed the time sketching pictures of an Islamist terrorist gunning down a man outside Number 10.

His latest trial was shown the drawing – in which the attacker is depicted shouting Allahu Akbar as blood sprays on the front door – along with a sketch of a plane hitting the Twin Towers in New York.

Prosecutors at this trial said Chowdhury had chosen ‘self-radicalisation’ and had scoured the internet for articles linked to Jihadi John and ISIS beheadings.

Today Chowdhury, of Luton, Bedfordshire, bit his lip, raised his eyebrows and then saluted the jurors after they spent 11 hours and 36 minutes considering the verdict.

During the trial at the Old Bailey Chowdhury claimed he was depressed and wanted police to kill him.

He had repeatedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest) while wrestling for control of a four-foot blade at Constitution Hill in central London.

Chowdhury had driven his blue Toyota Prius at a marked police van before officers sprayed him with CS gas when they saw him sat in his car with the deadly weapon.

He had set off from his home with the sword and a blade sharpener before swerving in front of the police van at about 8.30pm.

Chowdhury said he had been feeling lonely and depressed and only wanted to get himself killed by brandishing the blade to police officers.

He said he had ‘so many chances’ to get out of his car and kill the officers but chose not to.

Chowdhury claimed he felt guilty about being a UK citizen since Muslims in Yemen were being killed by British weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia.

In a WhatsApp group chat Chowdhury was asked if his profile picture was an ISIS flag, and he responded: ‘It is an ISIS flag. I support ISIS,’ followed by a laughing emoji. He later told jurors it was all ‘in jest’….

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