Khawla Barghouthi, 21, of London was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday to two years and four months after an investigation revealed she knew about her friends’ plans to carry out a terrorist attack, but didn’t contact police.
The investigation started with Safaa Boular, an 18-year-old who tried to go to Syria to marry a member of ISIS and become a terrorist. Safaa was prevented from travelling to Syria, so planned a suicide bomb and gun attack on the British Museum instead. Her plan failed because the counter terrorism network and security services were monitoring her and arrested her before she could carry it out.
After Safaa was arrested, her sister Rizlaine Boular, 22, and mother, 44-year-old Mina Dichher, tried to pick up where Safaa left off – but security services stopped them as well. They were sentenced on June 15 at the Old Bailey for planning terrorist attacks.
“All three women were filled with hate and toxic ideology and were determined to carry out a terrorist attack,” Met Police said. “Had they been successful, it could well have resulted in people being killed or seriously injured.”
A MI5 bug at the Boular home recorded Safaa and her mother laughing about the Westminster attack that five people were murdered in, and Rizlaine and Mina Dich visited the supermarket to buy kitchen knives to stab a police officer with.
Khawla Barghouthi plead guilty to having information about acts of terrorism, and admitted knowing about Rizlaine and Mina’s plans and not alerting the police.