Salih Khater, a 30-year-old Sudanese national who had been granted asylum and British citizenship in 2010, has been found guilty of two charges of attempted murder.
Last year, Khater used his Ford Fiesta car to try and run over cyclists, pedestrians, and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament. Luckily, before he could kill anyone, the Sudanese man smashed into a security barrier as two uniformed police officers dove out of the way.
A jury at the Old Bailey, in London, came to a verdict following a trial in which the prosecution asserted that Khater had aimed to “kill as many people as possible” in a “premeditated and deliberate attack”.
Also, by targeting officers guarding the Houses of Parliament, the prosecution contended that Khater had a “terrorist motive”.
Khater had denied two counts of attempted murder as well as two alternative charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm. He claimed that he had traveled to London to obtain a visa from the Sudanese embassy, but “got lost” around Westminster and panicked.
Jurors were shown CCTV footage of that attack which showed Khater’s silver car plowing into a pedestrian and a group of cyclists who were stopped at a red light.
The court heard that Khater was traveling at 32 mph before his car finally came to a halt.
The court also heard how Khater was born in Sudan and that he was granted asylum and British citizenship in 2010 after he had claimed to have been tortured over his association with a certain political group.
As to whether these claims were true remains to be seen.
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