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Muslim police officer who sparked a major terror alert after making a hoax 999 call to his own force over a fake kidnap plot faces prison
- Pc Amar Tasaddiq Hussain’s caused West Midlands Police huge panic
- Made fake kidnap call to discredit official within Islamic community group
- Accomplices Adil Bashir, 26, Muhammad Ali Sheikh, 31, also found guilty
- Malicious 999 call in December 2014 passed on details of the ‘kidnap’ plot
A policeman who sparked a major terror alert by making a hoax 999 call to his own force has been warned to expect a ‘substantial’ prison term.
Pc Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, appeared unmoved in the dock as a jury convicted him of two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
A three-week trial at Stafford Crown Court was told Pc Hussain’s actions prompted West Midlands Police to take unprecedented security measures to combat a supposed plot to kidnap a Muslim officer.
The trial also ended with the conviction of two men from Birmingham – Adil Bashir, 26, and 31-year-old Muhammad Ali Sheikh – on the same charges.
Adjourning sentence until later this month, the Recorder of Stafford, Judge Michael Chambers QC, told all three defendants: ‘Clearly, substantial sentences of imprisonment are inevitably going to follow.’
Jurors, who returned unanimous guilty verdicts after deliberating over three days, were told Pc Hussain hoped his bogus tip-off would discredit an official within an Islamic community group.
The malicious 999 call in December 2014 – passing on details of the ‘kidnap’ plot – followed two other anonymous calls alleging that a sham marriage was taking place in Birmingham.
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Simon Davis claimed the call alleging a terrorist plot was an attempt by Pc Hussain to discredit a fellow member of Dawat-e-Islami, a faith group which held peaceful gatherings in the West Midlands.
The bogus allegation that a kidnapping was imminent led to a man being arrested by counter-terrorism police at a tyre business in Walsall.
But it soon became obvious to police that the claims made against the innocent party were malicious.
All three defendants were remanded in custody until sentencing on May 27.
Addressing the court after the guilty verdicts, Judge Chambers said: ‘I am going to direct that pre-sentence reports are prepared.
‘These were extremely serious offences and in your case, Hussain, represent a vast breach of trust.’
In a statement issued after the convictions, the West Midlands force said its inquiries showed all three defendants were intent on undermining colleagues within the Islamic group.
Pc Hussain, based at the Birmingham West and Central local policing unit, was suspended after his arrest in September last year.
Commenting on the offences, Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said: ‘Hussain has not only let down West Midlands Police, he has also let down the peaceful organisation, non-political organisation that he was part of.
‘The impact of the threat had a huge effect on officers and staff and in turn on their loved ones.
‘Never before have we had to instruct officers and staff to call in after their tour of duty to let us know they had returned home safely.’
Mr Beale added: ‘West Midlands Police expects the highest standards of those who work in the organisation and the vast majority of officers and staff uphold these high standards.
‘There is absolutely no place in policing for those who abuse the trust placed in us by the public.’
TRANSCRIPT OF THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL
Operator: ‘Police emergency?’
Caller: ‘Hi, I want to speak to someone about a potential terrorist.’
Operator: ‘OK what’s the address please sir?’
Caller: ‘I, I don’t want to give any details for myself or anything like that but I just want to bring something to your attention.
‘I have been asked to drive someone I know around because he, he’s basically, he’s got some link with ISIS and Syria and his next stage is now to kidnap a police officer from Birmingham, West Midlands.
‘I have been told by him that he wants me to drive the car when they kidnap the police officer, I don’t know what car it is or what, all that I know is that he’s thinking of doing it today some time.’
Operator: ‘OK so you have been asked to drive a car …’
Caller: ‘Yes and this man is going to kidnap a police officer.’
Operator: ‘So that male is connected with ISIS?’
Caller: ‘I think he has been out there once but there’s no trace of him because he’s not legal, he’s illegal in this country from the start.’
Caller: ‘But he has been back and forth and …’
Operator: ‘What’s the address, what address can I put this to sir?’
Caller: ‘I don’t want anything to come back. Is he going to listen to this voice call?’
Operator: ‘No sir, he will never know that it’s you at all.’
Caller: ‘OK I don’t want to give my details because I don’t want to implicate myself, I just don’t want to be involved in this. ‘I’m trying to get away but they’re not letting me move.
‘He used to live in Birmingham before in on … ‘
Operator: ‘Do you know what number?’
Caller: ‘I don’t know. His name is Irfan and now he has moved to Walsall I believe to … but I don’t know what number.
‘He is in Walsall and he is … ‘
Operator: ‘Where was that?’
Caller: ‘That was I think in Sparkbrook.
Operator: ‘Is that Kings Road way?’
Caller: ‘Yes possibly yes.’
Operator: ‘OK can we just get your details only for our records, no-one will ever know that you called sir.’
Caller: ‘I don’t want to give anything for myself.’
Caller: ‘This man is now … his name is Irfan and he is now … ‘
Operator: ‘Connected to … ‘
Caller: ‘Yes. I have been told to go and meet him today … ‘
Operator: ‘I R F A N?’
Operator: ‘And do you know his surname?’
Caller: ‘I don’t, I, he doesn’t give his … he has been in the UK for many years but he has never used his own name because it is, he’s not legal.
‘He has just recently I believe he has come back from somewhere, he doesn’t say where … ‘
Operator: ‘OK, how do you know who he is?’
Caller: ‘I know him from a long time ago when we used to work together in London.’
Operator: ‘So you have been told that … ‘
Caller: ‘Yes, he has told me himself, he has, he hasn’t told me he has been out to Syria.
‘He has just told me he’s come back from somewhere and the time is right now and he has been told to do a few things and that’s what he wants me to do – help him, drive the car when he … he is planning on kidnapping a police officer today.
‘I don’t want to be part of this criminal, I’m not a terrorist – I’m nothing.
‘I’m just here trying to earn some money but he’s … I can’t do this, I am a good driver of a car I know but I can’t do this.
‘I don’t want to be part of it but I can’t get out because I don’t know what he’s going to do.’