TERRORIST SUSPECT Mohiussunnath Chowdhury (26) – accused of attacking police officers outside Buckingham Palace with a samurai sword – will be tried at the Old Bailey in June.
At a pre-trial hearing, the court heard that the Uber private hire driver had allegedly driven a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police van on Constitution Hill on the evening of 25 August 2017 and tried to attack a number of officers with a long Japanese-style bladed weapon.
The 26 year old minicab driver from Luton is then accused of shouting “Allahu akbar” (‘God is great’) as uniformed officers overpowered him with CS gas and arrested him.
Two officers were taken by ambulance to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and discharged. A third injured officer did not require medical treatment.
Via videolink at the Old Bailey, Chowdhury pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
The charge further alleged that the Uber private hire driver bought a samurai sword, prepared a suicide note and, “Drove to the area of London adjacent to Buckingham Palace,” where he attacked a number of Metropolitan Police officers.
It was also alleged that Chowdhury had planned to drive to Windsor Castle in Slough but had got lost after his sat nav took him to a nearby Windsor Castle pub. He then allegedly changed his plans and drove to Buckingham Palace.
Mrs Justice Ceema-Grubb said:
This case will be fixed for trial to commence on June 18 this year, with an estimate of seven days.
Chowdhury, of Luton, Bedfordshire, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey for trial on June 18.