Tuesday, 3 May 2016

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain made a 999 call claiming a jihadist was about to kidnap a Muslim officer in the West Midlands.
17:42, UK,Tuesday 03 May 2016
PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain.
A police officer who caused a major terror alert with a hoax 999 call to his own force has been told he will receive a "substantial" jail sentence.
PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, showed no emotion as he was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following a bogus claim that a police officer was going to be kidnapped.
Two other men from Birmingham - Adil Bashir, 26, and Muhammad Ali Sheikh, 31 - were convicted on the same charges after their actions led West Midlands Police to take unprecedented security measures.
These included putting armed response teams on high alert, having a hostage negotiator on call and getting all police staff to report they had reached home safely.
Adil Bashir and Muhammad Ali Sheikh.
Jurors at Stafford Crown Court were told the 999 call in December 2014 was an attempt by Hussain to discredit a fellow member of Dawat-e-Islami, a faith group in the West Midlands.
The caller claimed a militant called "Irfan the terrorist" wanted to kidnap a Muslim officer.
The bogus call led counter-terrorism police to arrest a man at a tyre business in Walsall.
Police soon realised the claims made against their suspect were malicious.
Amar Tasaddiq Hussain court case
During a three-week trial the court heard Hussain wanted to be the head of security of the Muslim Dawat-E-Islami group.
Judge Michael Chambers QC told the defendants: "Clearly, substantial sentences of imprisonment are inevitably going to follow."
All three men were remanded in custody until sentencing on 27 May.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said of the offences: "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."