Muslim Woman Convicted for her Poetry
A 23-year-old Heathrow airport worker who dubbed herself the "lyrical
terrorist" recently became the first woman to be convicted for her
poetic writing, under the government's anti-terror legislation.
NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Samina Malik, who burst into tears on hearing the verdict. On the
social networking site Hi5 she listed her interests as: "Helping the
mujaheddin in any way which I can ... I am well known as lyrical
Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, bailed Malik on "house
arrest" and ordered reports into her family background ahead of the
sentencing on December 6, warning her that jail remained a
"You have been, in many respects, a complete enigma to me," he told
WEAK CONSEQUENTIAL EVIDENCE
Malik, who worked at WH Smith at the airport, was arrested in October
last year. When her bedroom was searched police found a ringbinder
full of documents as well as a bracelet bearing the word "jihad".
There was also a sticker on a mirror inside the door, bearing the
words "lyrical terrorist".
In one handwritten document found by police, she wrote: "I want to
have the death of a shaheed [martyr] ... I want the opportunity to
take part in the blessed sacred duty of jihad."
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said she was an "unlikely"
but "committed" Islamic extremist: "She had a library of material
that she had collected for terrorist purposes. That collection would
be extremely useful for someone planning terrorist activity."
But Malik, of Townsend Road, Southall, west London, told the jury: "I
am not a terrorist."
CONVICTED BUT NO CRIME
Malik was convicted under a vague and rarely used offence of
possessing records 'likely' to be useful in terrorism, under the
Terrorism Act 2000. She was earlier cleared by a jury of a separate
count of possessing an article for terrorism.
'Lyrical Terrorist' Samina Malik guilty
By Duncan Gardham
A Heathrow shop assistant who dubbed herself the "Lyrical Terrorist"
has became the first Muslim woman in Britain to be found guilty of
Samina Malik has been found guilty of terrorism offences
Samina Malik has been found guilty of terror offences
Samina Malik, who worked air-side for WH Smith, posted a series of
poems on websites across the internet about killing non-believers,
pursuing martyrdom and raising children to be holy fighters.
She was described as a "committed Islamic extremist who supports
terrorism and terrorists" and had a library of material for that purpose.
Malik, 23, who was born and brought up in Southall, West London also
called herself "Stranger Awaiting Martyrdom" in messages to other
extremists on the internet.
She burst into tears in the dock at the Old Bailey as a jury found her
guilty of possessing records likely to be used for terrorism by a
majority of 10 to one.
Police were alerted after finding an email from her on another
When they raided her home, they found folders on the computer called
"Samina'z Stuff" and "Copy of Handbooks" as well as dozens of
handwritten notes hidden in the pages of a book and a bracelet which
carried the word jihad [holy war].
On a mirror were found the words "Lyrical Terrorist" and on one piece
of paper she had written: "The desire within me increases every day to
go for martyrdom, the need to go increases second by second."
In her poems she wrote about killing heathens, adding: "Kafirs your
time will come soon, and no one will save you from your doom."
Police found a copy of Osama Bin Laden's Declaration of War and a
passage in which she praised the al-Qa'eda leader and added: "We will
not let you have any peace. We will show no remorse, no mercy and no
In one poem, called "Raising Mujahideen [holy fighter] Children," she
recommended indoctrinating children from the age of seven, adding:
"Show the children videos and pictures of mujahideen and tell them to
become strong like them."
Explain how the Mujahideen fear no man - they fear Allah alone, and
for his sake they are able, willing and capable to do anything in
defence of Islam." Malik joined an extremist organisation called Jihad
Way set up to disseminate terrorist propaganda and support al-Qa'eda.
On a website called Hi-5, similar to social networking sites such as
Facebook or MySpace, Malik listed her interests as: "Helping the
mujahideen [holy fighters] in any way which I can... I am well known
as lyrical terrorist."
Under favourite TV shows, it said: "Watching videos by my Muslim
brothers in Iraq, yep the beheading ones, watching video messages by
Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri [his deputy] and other videos
which show massacres of the kaffirs."
Malik claimed she was only writing poetry for "fame and recognition"
and to show off to men she hoped to marry.
In her defence, her lawyers claimed her poetry was no worse than the
First World War poetry of Wilfred Owen.
She started writing love poetry while at Villiers High School in
Southall, Middlesex and in early 2002 began writing "rap poems" in the
style of US rappers Tupac Shakur and 50 Cent, using the name Lyrical Babe.
In 2004 she became more interested in religion and started wearing a
hijab, changing her writing name from Lyrical Babe to Lyrical
Terrorist because she thought it was "cool."
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