HMP Whitemoor attack: Jailed terror plotter given life sentence for launching Isis-inspired attack inside high-security prison


From the Independent

A jailed terror plotter has been given a new life sentence for launching an Isis-inspired attack inside a high-security jail.

Brusthom Ziamani, 25, was convicted of attempting to murder a prison officer in what a judge called a “strikingly and shockingly ferocious assault” at HMP Whitemoor.

Mrs Justice May DBE said it was “no coincidence” that the attack on 9 January came week after the deadly stabbing by Usman Khan at Fishmongers’ Hall in London. Khan had also served time at HMP Whitemoor and like Ziamani and his accomplice Baz Hockton, wore a fake suicide belt during the rampage. 

Ziamani, who wore Islamic dress for his sentencing on Thursday, showed no emotion as he was sent down to the Old Bailey’s cells.

They both shouted “Allahu akbar” during the attack, while Ziamani was carrying a translation of an Isis suicide bomber’s last words in his pocket.

Ziamani was serving a 19-year sentence for plotting another Isis-inspired terror attack, where he planned to behead a British soldier in 2015. Hockton was in prison for a series of violent assaults, both inside and outside prisons, where he had stabbed and several victims.

Hockton, will be sentenced by Mrs Justice May later this afternoon.


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