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By PETER WALSH
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The son of extradited Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and three others who raided a Norfolk jewellers have been sentenced to a total of nearly 40 years in a young offenders’ institution.
The raid at Francis Wain, in King’s Lynn, during which almost £70,000 worth of gems were stolen, happened shortly before 10am on January 31 and involved four men.
Imran Mostafa, 20, from Deverills Way, Slough, and Jonathan Abdul, 17, had both pleaded not guilty to robbery and possessing a firearm with an indictable offence.
But both appeared at Norwich Crown Court today to be sentenced after being found guilty in August.
Mostafa, the son of Hamza, was sentenced for 11 years and Abdul also 11 years for the robbery. Both were sentenced to four years, to run concurently, for the firearms offence.
Meanwhile Ossama Hamed, 19, of Greswell Street, in Fulham, and Ahmed Ahmed, 20, of Nag’s Head Road in Enfield, who had previously pleaded guilty to the same charges, were also sentenced.
Hamed was given eight years and three months for the robbery and three years concurrent for the firearms offence and Ahmed seven years and four months for the robbery and two years 8 months concurrent for the firearms offence.
A contempt of court order had been out in place during the trial to prevent the media identifying Mostafa as Hamza’s son but was lifted by Judge Peter Jacobs after the verdict was announced.
Abdul also could not be named during the trial as he was 17, but again Judge Jacobs lifted the restriction after the verdict was announced.
Hamza last month pleaded not guilty to terror charges in a New York court following his extradition from the UK.
He denies charges that he conspired with US nationals to set up a terrorist training camp in the state of Oregon.
He will stand trial next August and will also face charges of abducting tourists in Yemen.
*Click on the link on the right-hand side of this page to read EDP reporter David Blackmore’s eyewitness account of this raid.