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Six Birmingham men who had plotted to attack an English Defence League rally in 2012 with bombs, knives, and sawn-off shotguns and were sentenced to jail terms of up to 19 years, with five years of their terms "on licence," or not in custody, lost their appeal for shorter sentences. The Home Secretary authorized the London Metropolitan Police to purchase three water cannon to help "maintain order on our streets."
An investigative report by Ofsted on 21 Birmingham schools found they suffered from an "organised campaign to target certain schools" for Islamist indoctrination, and that "[a] culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip" in them. Ofsted chief Wilshaw called some of the findings "shocking" and said five of the schools would be placed under special measures. Education Secretary Gove said that starting in September, primary and secondary schools in England will be required not only to "respect" British values but to "actively promote" them, and called for a ban on extremist preachers at schools.
Ibrahim Hassan, a.k.a. Abu Nusaybah, and Shah Hussain, both of London, were sentenced to jail terms of three years each for disseminating terrorist material and encouraging terrorism. The two men, who pled guilty in March, had both been convicted in 2008 of encouraging terrorist activity overseas. Hassan is an associate of Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo. Details of a leaked Ofsted report on the "Trojan Horse" allegations of Islamist attempts to take over a number of Birmingham schools indicate that at least one of the schools has not adequately addressed extremism; a featured speaker at the school was extremist Australian cleric Shady Asuleiman, who has called for victory for mujahideen worldwide and the destruction of the "enemies of Islam."
Mashudur Choudhury, a youth worker from Portsmouth, has become the first Briton convicted of a terrorism offense for traveling to Syria to join terrorists fighting there. He and four other men had gone to Syria at the urging of Iftekhar Jaman, who was later killed while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. As many as 500 Britons are thought to have traveled to Syria to fight.
Nawal Masaad, of Holloway, and Amal El-Wahabi, northwest London, were accused of seeking to finance terrorism. Masaad had tried to smuggle €20,000 (£16,300) in her underwear through Heathrow airport on her way to Istanbul, where she was allegedly planning to meet with El-Wahabi's husband, a jihadist in Syria. The Foreign Office summoned Sudan's charge d'affaires in protest against Sudan's imposition of the death penalty on a pregnant woman for converting to Christianity.