Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'THE SISTER OF TERROR'; She Encouraged Brother to Become First British Suicide Bomber, Old Bailey Jury Told

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'THE SISTER OF TERROR'; She Encouraged Brother to Become First British Suicide Bomber, Old Bailey Jury Told

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE FIRST British suicide bomber was encouraged to become a martyr by his sister, the Old Bailey heard today.

Two other members of Omar Sharif 's family were aware he planned an atrocity for the Palestinian terror group Hamas, the court heard.

Yet they deliberately hid evidence from the police, the jury was told.

Sharif 's brother, sister and wife were trapped by two emails sent from Palestine back to Britain as a "final farewell" from Sharif, who planned to blow himself up just two months after the birth of his third child, the court heard.

Sharif, from Derby, and Asif Hanif from Hounslow, targeted a seafront bar in Tel Aviv, killing three and injuring 65 in April last year.

They were the first British Muslims to become suicide bombers and the first time Hamas had used non-Palestinian volunteers in such terrorist attacks, the court heard.

Asif, a 21-year-old student, was killed in the attack but Sharif, 27, survived when the explosives strapped to his body malfunctioned and failed to explode.

His body was washed up on the shores of Israel 12 days later and post-mortem findings were consistent with drowning.

But the emails sent earlier by Sharif kept his family in Britain informed of his intention to kill and maim, Jonathan

Laidlaw, prosecuting, told the court.

His first was intended to be a "final farewell" to his brother and his wife and contained instructions that should have been deleted.

However, police were able to retrieve it and bring charges under legislation introduced after the 11 September terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Sharif 's sister Parveen, 36, a supply teacher from Derby, has denied inciting her brother to commit an act of terrorism outside the UK by detonating a bomb to "burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm to another".

Parveen, Sharif 's widow Tahira Tabassum, 28, and his brother Zahid, 37, both of Derby, are all charged with failing to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism between the end of March and the beginning of May last year.

Mr Laidlaw told the jury that the bomb in Mike's Place, a bar in Tel Aviv, detonated at 1am on 30 April. …

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