Man is found guilty of plotting terror attack using an explosive device in a driverless car 

Wannabe ISIS jihadi, 24, is found guilty of plotting a driverless car terror attack on Britain using a bomb in a remotely-controlled vehicle

  • Farhad Salah, 24, was found guilty of preparing to commit acts of terrorism

Farhad Salah (pictured) was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday of preparing to commit acts of terrorism

Farhad Salah (pictured) was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday of preparing to commit acts of terrorism

An Iraqi-Kurd man has been found guilty of planning a terror attack using a bomb in a remotely-controlled vehicle.

Farhad Salah, 24, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

Jurors heard that wannabe ISIS jihadi Salah posted on social media about using a driverless car in an attack.

But the jury cleared his co-defendant, Chesterfield chip shop owner Andy Star, 32, who was charged with the same offence.

This is the second time Salah and Mr Star have been tried on these charges.

A jury failed to reach verdicts on either man following a trial last year.

Judge Paul Watson QC told Mr Star a decision had been made that he should not face a second retrial and a not guilty verdict was recorded in his case.

He said Mr Star could go free but was informed that he will continue to be detained on immigration matters. Salah will be sentenced on July 24.

Prosecutors told the five-week trial that Salah and Mr Star were in the early stages of testing small improvised explosive devices when they were arrested in high-profile raids on their homes in a Sheffield community centre and a Chesterfield fish and chip shop in December 2017.

But Mr Star has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks.

Black powder found in pot. Jurors heard that Salah posted on social media about using a driverless car in an attack

Black powder found in pot. Jurors heard that Salah posted on social media about using a driverless car in an attack

Farhad Salah's bedroom is pictured in a police photograph taken during a raid of his home

Farhad Salah’s bedroom is pictured in a police photograph taken during a raid of his home

Salah was found guilty on a majority of 10 to 2 after the jury deliberated for almost three days.

When the judge recorded Star’s formal acquittal, a woman shouted ‘Terrorist’ loudly from the jury box.

Counter-terror police said Salah was not close to achieving his aim of putting a device in a vehicle but officers believe he was a ‘very real risk to the safety of the public in the UK’.

The raids in Sheffield and Chesterfield happened in the months following the Manchester Arena explosion, the terror attacks on Westminster and London Bridge, and at a time when there were fears that another atrocity was being planned for the Christmas period.

But police said they have never been able to identify Salah’s intended target.

The judge told Mr Star he could go free but informed that he will continue to be detained on immigration matters

Mr Star

The judge told Mr Star he could go free but informed that he will continue to be detained on immigration matters

Farhad Salah (pictured in a court sketch with co-defendant Andy Star) has been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of preparing to commit acts of terrorism

Farhad Salah (pictured in a court sketch with co-defendant Andy Star) has been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of preparing to commit acts of terrorism

Opening the case, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC told the jury: ‘The intention was to manufacture a device which would be placed in a vehicle but controlled remotely so that no-one had to martyr themselves in the process.’

She said that, a week before he was arrested, Salah messaged a contact on Facebook saying: ‘My only attempt is to find a way to carry out martyrdom operation with cars without driver, everything is perfect only the programme is left …’

The prosecutor said: ‘Farhad Salah had decided that improvised explosive devices could be made and used in a way here in the UK that spared his own life preferably but harmed others he considered to be infidels.’

He said Mr Star could go free but was informed that he will continue to be detained on immigration matters.

The judge said Salah will be sentenced on July 24.

Prosecutors told the five-week trial that Salah and Mr Star, 32, were in the early stages of testing small improvised explosive devices when they were arrested in high-profile raids on their homes in a Sheffield community centre and a Chesterfield fish-and-chip shop in December 2017.

But Mr Star has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks.  

But Mr Star has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop (pictured) were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks

But Mr Star has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop (pictured) were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks

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