Mother and daughter who formed Britain’s first all-female ISIS terror cell the ‘Mad Hatter’ gang are jailed for total of minimum 22 years
- Rizlaine Boular, 22, planned the knife attack around the Palace of Westminster
- Mother-of-one adopted the murderous scheme from her sister Safaa Boular, 18
- Counter-terrorism police swooped to arrest the plotters after a proactive surveillance operation with MI5
A mother and daughter that formed Britain’s first all-female Islamic State terror cell have been jailed over an Alice In Wonderland-inspired plot.
Rizlaine Boular, 22, planned to stab random members of the public around the Palace of Westminster causing widespread panic, injury and death in April last year, the Old Bailey heard.
The mother-of-one adopted the murderous scheme from her sister Safaa Boular, 18, who was in custody over an attempt to become a jihadi bride in Syria the year before.
The sisters are pictured left before they were radicalised and right in burkas
Mother Mina Dich took Rizlaine on a reconnaissance trip of potential attack sites
Rizlaine Boular plotted a terror attack in London which she referred to as ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’
In coded phone calls, they discussed holding an Alice In Wonderland themed tea party with Rizlaine cast as the Mad Hatter.
Counter-terrorism police swooped to arrest the plotters after a proactive surveillance operation with MI5, the court has heard.
Rizlaine Boular pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years.
Her Morocco-born mother Mina Dich, 44, from Vauxhall, south London, was handed six years and nine months plus five years on extended licence after she admitted helping her.
Younger sister Safaa had planned to marry ISIS fighter Naweed Hussain (pictured) in Syria but turned her attention to attacking Britain after he was killed, prosecutors say
Hussain sent images to his wife of a personalised Kalashnikov assault rifle (pictured) along with two grenades and a handgun
Judge Mark Dennis QC said Dich ‘failed in her parental role’ to stop Rizlaine Boular just a month after the earlier Westminster atrocity and played a ‘significant role’ in radicalising both her daughters.
He told the mother she bore a ‘heavy responsibility’.
He told Rizlaine she had planned a ‘wicked act’ born from distorted views.
He said: ‘There are individuals walking the streets today whose lives could have been irreparably damaged or lost had it not been for the intervention of the police and security services.’
The court heard Rizlaine and Safaa became ‘increasingly exposed’ to extremist views by ISIS-supporting friends Dich would invite to the home and access to material online.
Safaa, pictured here on CCTV while on ‘reconnaissance’ around London, also wanted to attack the British Museum with a machine gun and grenades
Judge Dennis said that Rizlaine had formed a clear intention to carry out the attack and chosen the time and place to launch it.
Her mother played a significant role in her failure to ‘take steps to put a stop to such aggressive and violent conduct’.
That failure was made ‘all the worse’ by the fact that their reconnaissance mission the night before had taken them over Westminster Bridge where another deadly attack had taken place just a month earlier.
The judge said that without such intervention from Dich, Rizlaine could only have viewed it as ‘encouragement and support’ for her own plot.
Their friend Khawla Barghouthi, 21, pleaded guilty to failing to disclose information about an attack and will be sentenced next week.
Barghouthi, of Harlesden Road, Harlesden, northwest London, will be sentenced next Friday after the judge asked for more information when it emerged she may face automatic deportation as a result of any prison sentence
The defendants, who wore Islamic dress in the dock, made no reaction.
Left to right: Mina Dich, 43, Rizlaine Boular, 21, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20, were jailed today for plotting to attack random members of the public outside the Palace of Westminster
Safaa Boular, 18, has become the youngest woman convicted of a terror plot in the UK. Pictured: A picture taken outside the MI6 building found on her phone
Rizlaine’s sister Safaa was arrested after she planned a suicide attack on the British Museum using guns and grenades.
She had been trained online by Naweed Hussain, a British Pakistani who joined Islamic State in Syria in June 2015.
Hussain sent her images of a personalised Kalashnikov assault rifle he dubbed ‘our klash’, bragging it was ‘1 of a kind’, along with two grenades and a handgun.
When her ploy to travel to Syria and marry Hussain – with whom she bonded over a mutual love of TV game show Deal Or No Deal – was thwarted last April, she urged her older sister, Rizlaine, 22, to ‘carry the torch forward’ in her place, it is alleged.
Hussain, whom Boular had never met, died in a drone strike last year but had previously spoken to MI5 officers posing as eastern European ISIS converts, who then reached out to his ‘wife’.
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