Andrew Ibrahim

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Andrew Ibrahim
Born (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 26)
Bristol, England
Other names Isa Ibrahim
Occupation Student
Criminal penalty
Indeterminate prison sentence
Minimum 10 years
Conviction(s) Making explosives with intent
Preparing terrorist acts
Making an explosive substance[1]

Andrew Philip Michael Ibrahim (born 25 January 1989) is a British Muslim convert, also known as 'Isa Ibrahim' [2] after his conversion to Islam. Ibrahim was arrested by police in the city of Bristol on suspicion of terrorism, and on 17 July 2009 convicted of Preparing terrorist acts.[1] He is the son of an NHS consultant pathologist.[3] At the time of his arrest he was a student at City of Bristol College.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Ibrahim was born to a Coptic Egyptian father and an English mother, Vicky.[6]


In the course of his primary and secondary education Ibrahim attended four separate schools: Colston's School, Bristol,[4][5] Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol,[4][5] Downside School,[4][5] and Bristol Cathedral School.[4][5]


Ibrahim was arrested after covert inquiries prompted by an intelligence tip-off from within the city's Muslim community.[7]

After his arrest police evacuated nearby residents[8] of number 44 Comb Paddock, Westbury-on-Trym, a Bristol suburb, whilst soldiers from the Royal Logistics Corps[9] carried out controlled explosions at his home/flat.[10] The police also searched and sealed off nearby woodland as part of their inquires.[11]


On 30 April 2008 Ibrahim was charged with terrorist offences. They were: 1. possession of an explosive substance 2. intent to commit terrorism and 3. possession of articles for terrorist purposes.[12]

The explosive substance he was accused of possessing (charge no.1.) was hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, also known as HMTD, which is an organic chemical compound. He was also accused of possessing (charge no.3.) two home-made vests, ball bearings, air gun pellets, nails and screws, wired circuitry, batteries and electric bulb filaments.[12]

City of Westminster Magistrates' Court[edit]

On 30 April 2008 Ibrahim appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court. After a short hearing he was remanded in custody until 23 May.[13]

Ibrahim was accused of having an explosive substance with intent and also charged with intending to commit a terrorist act by intending to construct and detonate an improvised explosive device.[14]

Central Criminal Court-the Old Bailey[edit]

On 17 July 2009 at Winchester Crown Court Ibrahim was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of ten years in jail.[1]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jail for 'suicide vest' student". BBC News. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Salked, Luke (30 April 2008). "Teenager charged with terrorism after three controlled explosions in Bristol two weeks ago.". Daily Mail (Metro Media Group). Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Gardham, Duncan (19 April 2008). "NHS consultant's teenage son is terror suspect". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Andrew Ibrahim: How a public schoolboy became a terrorist, 18 Jul 2009, Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 29 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e Bristol student guilty of bomb plot, 17 July 2009, Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved on 29 July 2009.
  6. ^ The Boarding School Bomber, BBC Three, 21 November 2011
  7. ^ BBC News
  8. ^ The Telegraph
  9. ^ IHT
  10. ^ The Independent
  11. ^ BBC News
  12. ^ a b "Terror-charge student faces court". BBC News. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Times Online
  14. ^ TeleText