Palace attacker labels Christchurch shooting as ‘win-win’
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, the alleged terrorist accused of planning new attacks after slashing police officers with a sword outside Buckingham Palace, has told a court that the Christchurch shootings were a ‘win-win’.
Chowdhury is accused of showing undercover police officers a video recorded by white supremacist Brenton Tarrant as he massacred Muslims in New Zealand. He played the full-length video at a mosque in Luton in March 2019, while he was allegedly planning his own attack on potential targets including Madame Tussauds, a gay pride parade and a London tourist bus.
The jury at Woolwich Crown Court heard Chowdhury allegedly telling the officers: “It is a win-win for us regardless of what happens, this is a win. It only makes us more angry … we should be angry.”
The defendant was released from prison in December 2018 after being cleared of terror charges over attacking officers outside Buckingham Palace with a sword. However, the jury was told he had deceived the jury that acquitted him after being given tips by fellow extremists in HMP Belmarsh ahead of the retrial.
Luton-based Chowdhury denies preparing acts of terrorism, disseminating a terrorist publication and possessing terrorist information.