London: Three British men who travelled to Pakistan for terrorist training were on Thursday jailed for "engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism".
Muslim convert Richard Dart was sentenced to six years in prison, while Imran Mahmood received nine years and nine months and Jahangir Alom was jailed for four years and six months at the Old Bailey here today.
All three, arrested in London weeks before the Olympic Games last year, had pleaded guilty in March ahead of their trial.
During sentencing, Justice Simon said they held "radical Islamist beliefs and have shown yourselves to be committed to acts of terrorism".
"I`m satisfied to the required criminal standard that neither of you had ruled out an attack in the United Kingdom, and that you, Mahmood, were looking at arming yourself with a bomb," the judge added.
The trio had admitted carrying out the offence between July 2010 and July 2012 at a previous hearing last month.
Dart, a former security guard at the BBC whose Muslim name is Salahuddin Al Britani, refused to stand when he was sentenced, saying: "I don`t wish to stand up, I believe ruling and judging is only for Allah".
Dart, 30, and Alom, 26, had travelled to Pakistan with the aim of acquiring terrorist training, and took advice from Mahmood, 22, who had already visited the country and admitted being trained in bomb-making at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
Dart had also planned to fly out to Pakistan with Alom in November 2011 but was halted by the authorities at Heathrow, the court was told.
Dart had also discussed bomb-making with Mahmood, and the UK`s military repatriation town Royal Wootton Bassett as a potential target.
Police discovered fragments of text on Dart`s laptop that revealed that the pair had used the computer to have a "silent conversation" to avoid possible surveillance bugs.
They would open a word processor document and take it in turns to type before deleting the text, presuming that none of it would be stored on the machine.
However, forensic experts were able to plough through 2,000 pages of computer code to decipher fragments of what was discussed.
These included Mahmood naming MI5 and MI6 chiefs as potential targets.
Counter-terrorism teams also believe that the pair used the same tactic walking down the street with a mobile phone.
Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC told the court that in the summer of 2011 the three men "had spoken not just of terrorist operations in Pakistan but also of the possibility of carrying out terrorist attacks in this country".