Cossor Ali 2010
The wife of Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the convicted airliner bomb plotter, has been found not guilty of failing to pass on information that would be useful in preventing an act of terrorism.
Cossor Ali, 28, was cleared by a jury at Inner London Crown Court following a three-week trial.
He husband was found guilty last September over the foiled terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners.
As she was cleared, Mrs Ali cried ”thank you, thank you, thank you” then fled the courtroom.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Mrs Ali knew her husband planned mass murder by targeting passenger jets but failed to tell police.
But the jury believed Mrs Ali’s defence that she did not know anything about it.
Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, argued that she began to sympathise with her husband’s extremist beliefs.
In an entry that she made in a notebook in 2005 when she was waiting for Abdulla Ahmed Ali to return from Pakistan, she wrote: “I am growing more and more attached to the cause for which you are striving for, and the reason for which we are apart.
“I hope and pray Allah grants your wish and gives you the highest level of Shahada (martyrdom).”
The prosecution also said she knew her husband planned to carry out a terror attack since he wrote his will in March 2004.
The will stated: “We know with full certainty that we are going to die so let us aim high and strive for the best death i.e. shahada (martyrdom), and let us do the most pleasing deed to Allah and make the greatest sacrifice, fight with our life, tongue and wealth in the path of Allah.”
Police found notes which Abdulla Ahmed Ali had made while listening to lectures on jihad, which had his wife’s fingerprints on them, the court heard.
Islamic extremist books were also found in their one-bedroom flat in Walthamstow, east London.
And Abdulla Ahmed Ali made a suicide video for release after the transatlantic bomb plot, in which he threatened more attacks.
But when she was arrested in August 2006, Mrs Ali burst into tears and denied all knowledge of the plot in a police interview.
She said she thought her husband had bought a powdered drink, Tang, from Pakistan because he was developing his own product.
In fact this was to be used to colour liquid explosives so they looked like soft drinks.
Mrs Ali, who had a moderate upbringing in Walthamstow, told the court she felt her identity was being “erased” at the hands of an abusive husband and his strict Muslim family after their marriage in 2003.
She told jurors that he once hit her so hard that imprints of his fingers were left on her face.
She also said Ali forced her to wear a veil, even giving her a “love bite” on the cheek so she “wouldn’t forget” to cover her face.
Mrs Ali’s father Mohammed Anwar told reporters outside court: “The truth has won and justice prevails. We are grateful to the jury for returning a unanimous verdict.
“We have suffered as a family over the last three and half years for the actions of some individuals with whom we have nothing in common.”