Terrorist's sister who helped him practice knife fights is facing jail

A woman who practised knife fights with her jihadist brother as he plotted a terrorist attack in London could be jailed if senior judges decide her suspended sentence was too lenient.

Former Uber driver Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 29, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years in July after planning a gun, knife and van massacre in the capital.

His sister Sneha Chowdhury, 26, was found guilty of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism after following a trial alongside her brother. She was aware of his plans to carry out an atrocity but did no alert the authorities to them.

In August, Judge Andrew Lees sentenced her to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, saying that Chowdhury acted out of ‘misguided loyalty’ to her brother. But she now faces jail after the Attorney General’s Office decided to challenge her sentence as being unduly lenient.

Lady Justice Macur, Mr Justice Knowles and Mr Justice Picken will decide whether Chowdhury’s sentence should be increased at a hearing in the Court of Appeal on Friday.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was arrested after unwittingly revealing to undercover police officers his plans to target popular tourist attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the gay Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus.

He also bragged about deceiving an Old Bailey jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017.

Woolwich Crown Court heard that his sister knew he was training with wooden swords, known as bokkens, practising knife fighting and rehearsing beheading attacks at the family home in Luton.


Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said Sneha Chowdhury knew her brother had bought training equipment and was planning to launch another terrorist attack, with conversations between the pair captured in secret recordings.

Chowdhury told her he had ‘looked at bare (a lot of) terrorist s**t on the internet’ and planned on ‘doing another attack’.

Mr Atkinson said: ‘Ms Chowdhury was aware of his training, that it was training relating to violence, the use of weapons, in particular a knife or sword, and a further attack by him was imminent.’

He said there was no evidence she had extremist views, and she acted out of ‘loyalty to her brother rather than a shared ideological position with him’.

Marion Smullen, defending Sneha Chowdhury, described her as a ‘perfectly normal young woman’ who had been studying education at Brunel University in the hope of becoming a teacher.

She added: ‘This is a wholly extraordinary case – somebody who had never put a foot wrong before her brother came back to live in the house after he was released from Belmarsh.’

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