'Osama bin London' Convicted

Preacher organized training camps, touted murder
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 2:50 PM CST
Mohammad Hamid, who was convicted today of organizing terrorist training camps.   (Metropolitan Police/PA)
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(Newser) – An extremist preacher who called himself "Osama bin London" has been convicted of organizing terrorist training camps and promoting murder, the London Times reports. Mohammed Hamid trained five of the terrorists who undertook a thwarted attack at outdoor sights in suburban London. He mocked the death toll from the 7/7 London bombings: "Fifty-two? That's not even a breakfast to me." Three others were convicted of attending the training camps.

Hamid combined his countryside programs—which included camping and paintballing as well as weapons training—with weekly sermons at his home in an East London housing project. The conviction, after a 4-month trial, is one of the most important since 9/11, British police said; it concluded the first  prosecution under 2006 legislation that criminalized organizing or attending terrorist training.