Man in custody over British PM assassination plot

Published: 07 December 2017


A 20-year-old man has appeared in a British court accused of plotting to kill the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Naa’imur Rahman, from north London, was charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism and was remanded in custody after a brief appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Prosecutors said Rahman planned to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street to get access to Theresa May’s office, before killing her in the ensuing chaos.

“The secondary attack was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife,” Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court.

“His purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions.”

Rahman was carrying two inactive explosive devices when he was arrested last week, the court heard.

Co-defendant Mohammed Imran, a 21-year-old from Birmingham, was also charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. 

The pair were arrested on November 28.

Neither man gave indication of their plea so a not guilty plea was entered on their behalf.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for Ms May said British authorities had foiled nine terrorist plots in the last 12 months.