A man who plotted to kill the Prime Minister has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, from north London, was convicted last month of preparing acts of terrorism.
Rahman had planned to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street and then gain access to the street itself to assassinate Theresa May.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Rahman “would have carried out his attack” had he not been arrested. Rahman was captured by an undercover operation involving the Metropolitan Police, MI5 and the FBI.
The judge said: “I am sure that at all material times Rahman believed the devices to be real and capable of causing serious harm.”
During his trial he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct which assisted the preparation of terrorist acts, which related to a “sponsorship” video he filmed for an associate who allegedly wanted to join the Islamic State group in Libya.
A probation report read to the court by the judge revealed that Rahman had admitted in prison he would have carried out the attack had he been able to, which is contrary to what he said during the trial.