Tube driver cleared of planning terror attacks
By Jon Clements
The Mirror | 9/11/2010
A tube driver who claimed MI5 framed him for refusing to spy on fellow Muslims was yesterday cleared of planning terror attacks.
Amir Ali, 28, admitted knowing al-Qaeda plotter Anthony Garcia, who was jailed in 2007 for attempting to blow up Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.
But the father of two from Ilford, Essex, was found not guilty of planning "violent jihad" in Afghanistan.
Jurors at Snaresbrook crown court in London were told the former amateur boxer had booked a flight to Pakistan and bought survival equipment. They were also shown photos of him posing with AK-47 rifles.
Ali said he had been targeted by MI5 and claimed officers had taken £6,500 from him, saying: "This doesn't have to happen if you work for us." Records show the money was later repaid.
Ali said: "Innocent people get victimised. It's happened with the Irish and the IRA."