Yasin Hassan Omar

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Yasin Hassan Omar
Born (1983-01-01) 1 January 1983 (age 31)
Somalia
Arrested 27 July 2005
Heybarnes Road, Small Heath, Birmingham
West Midlands Police
Citizenship British, Somali
Alternate name also called "Yassen"
Charge(s) convicted for his role in the attempted 21 July attacks on London's public transport system.
Penalty found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of conspiracy to murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of forty years before being considered for release
Status Incarcerated

Yasin Hassan Omar (sometimes spelt Yassin) (born 1 January 1983) was convicted for his role in the attempted 21 July attacks on London's public transport system. He was found guilty of attempting to detonate a device on the London Underground Victoria line tube train between Warren Street and Oxford Circus tube stations.[1] In August 2005 police gave his age as 24 after his arrest.[2]

Omar's background[edit]

The BBC has reported that Omar was originally from Somalia and arrived in the UK as a child dependent of asylum seekers, in 1992. He was granted indefinite leave to remain in 2000.[1]

Arrest[edit]

Omar was one of four men arrested on Wednesday 27 July 2005 at 0430 BST, in a property on Heybarnes Road, in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, England. He was then taken to London's Paddington Green police station for questioning.[3]

Police used a 'Taser' stun gun to detain him. This was criticised as an incredible risk by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair, saying "If there is a bomb on that body, then the bomb is going to go off". This risk was played down by West Midlands Police, who said Sir Ian Blair did not know the full circumstances surrounding the arrest, but they still voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.[4]

Charges[edit]

On 6 August 2005 he was charged with four criminal charges:[2]

  • On or before 21 July, conspiracy with others unknown to murder passengers on the London transport system.
  • On 21 July, attempted murder of passengers on the London transport system.
  • On or before 21 July, conspiracy with others unknown to cause explosions likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.
  • On 21 July, unlawful and malicious possession of explosives with the intent of endangering life or causing serious damage to property.

Trial[edit]

On 28 April 2006, Omar, along with his co-accused pleaded not guilty to all charges against him[5] and was placed on trial with 5 other suspects.[6]

His fiancée, Fardosa Abdullah, was arrested on 4 October 2006. She is charged with assisting Omar in evading arrest and with failing to disclose information which could have led to Omar's arrest or conviction "as soon as reasonably practicable".[7]

On 9 July 2007, Yasin Hassan Omar was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of conspiracy to murder[8] and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 40 years before being considered for release.[9]

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