Abu Bakr Mansha

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Abu Bakr Mansha (born 1983/1984 (age 30–31)) is a person who was convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000.

A police raid on his flat in Thamesmead had found a blank-firing gun, which someone was trying to convert to fire live rounds, as well as DVDs containing "virulent anti-Western propaganda" relating to Osama bin Laden and the allied attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Also in his possession was a copy of a Sun newspaper article about Corporal Mark Byles, decorated British soldier,[1] as well as a piece of paper with the soldier's former address; it was alleged that he had been planning to hunt down and kill Corporal Byles.[2]

He was tried before a jury under the Terrorism Act 2000, on a charge of possessing information "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".[1] During his trial his defence barrister described him as an "utter incompetent";[3] he was later reported to have an IQ of 69.[4] He was convicted on 22 December 2005,[1] and sentenced to six years in jail on 26 January 2006 in Southwark crown court by Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith.[5]

In June 2006 there was a report alleging that he provided the tip-off from prison that triggered the 2 June 2006 Forest Gate raid.[6] His lawyer, Sara O'Keefe, denied he was responsible, although she confirmed that police had visited her client in prison and that he knew the two brothers involved.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Man convicted under Terrorism Act". BBC News. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  2. ^ Gardham, Duncan (23 December 2005). "Muslim planned revenge attack on hero soldier". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Terror raid intelligence denial". BBC News. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  4. ^ Spyblog (18 June 2006). "Abu Bakr Mansha (IQ 69) is claimed to be the "reliable intelligence source" behind the bungled Operation Volga raid in Forest Gate". Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  5. ^ Adfero Ltd. (26 January 2006). "Muslim jailed for targeting soldier". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  6. ^ Boniface, Susie (18 June 2006). "Was MI6 Trigger for Bungled Terror Swoop a Prisoner with I.Q. of 69". The Mirror. Retrieved 12 October 2006.