Friday, July 11, 2008
The fiancée of one of the leaders of the failed July 21 suicide attacks has been sentenced to three years in jail for helping him escape
Fardosa Abdullahi, who was 17 at the time, gave Yassin Omar her mobile phone handset, provided a scarf and handbag for his disguise and accompanied him to Golders Green coach station where he fled to Birmingham dressed in a burka as a Muslim woman. Sentencing her to three years in jail, Judge Paul Worsley QC, said: "Your responsibility to this country should have been greater than your responsibility to your fiancée or husband. The message must go out that this court will not go soft on those who assist terrorists even those who are young, vulnerable and under pressure." The court heard that Abdullahi, who is 24 weeks pregnant, suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder after a serious assault when she was six in Somalia and had suffered from "on-going difficulties within her family and a further traumatic event at the age of 12" which led to treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in North London.