LONDON: A mother and daughter, have been sentenced at the Old Bailey for their roles in connection with planning terrorist attacks, which were thwarted last year by a proactive joint investigation by counter-terrorism police and the security services. Rizlaine Boular, 22 of central London and her mother, Mina Dich, 44 of south-west London both previously pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act (TACT), 2006.
On Friday, 15 June, Rizlaine was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years. Mina was sentenced to an extended sentence of 11 years and nine months, comprised of six years and nine months’ imprisonment and an additional five years on licence.
On Monday, 4 June, Safaa Boular, 18 (29.03.00) of southwest London, was found guilty of two counts of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 TACT, 2006. This followed a trial, and Safaa, who is the daughter of Mina and sister to Rizlaine, is due to be sentenced at a later date. Khawla Barghouthi, 21 (13.02.97), of north-west London previously pleaded guilty to having information about acts of terrorism contrary to section 38 TACT, 2000.
She is due to be sentenced on Friday, 22 June. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said: “This investigation started with Safaa, and her attempts to travel out to Syria, marry a Daesh fighter and support their terrorist activity. Having been prevented from travelling to Syria, she then set about plotting an attack in the UK but her plans were being covered by the counter terrorism network and security services.
“After Safaa was arrested and charged, her mother and sister tried to pick up where she left off. But again, working with the security services, we tracked their plans and stopped them before they were able to put them into practice. “All three women were filled with hate and toxic ideology and were determined to carry out a terrorist attack. Had they been successful, it could well have resulted in people being killed or seriously injured. “But thanks to the work of the security services and counter terrorism police, their plans never came to fruition.”
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command launched its investigation in August 2016 when police officers spoke to Safaa during a Schedule 7 port stop on her return to the UK from a trip to Morocco. At this point, Safaa – who was 16 at the time – made indications that she was planning to travel to Syria to join Daesh.