Man jailed for belt bomb plot against Jews

A 30-year-old Albanian Muslim who wanted to see Jews killed has been convicted of terror offences after Hizbollah instruction manuals on making missiles and suicide bomb belts were found in his home.

Krena Lusha, from Derby, was jailed for seven years on Tuesday at Preston Crown Court for five counts of possessing items connected with terrorism. These included petrol, Hizbollah military instruction manuals on how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt, and a video entitled Mobile Detonators.

On Lusha’s computer were video clips of live beheadings of hostages or prisoners, exploded US military vehicles and ideological material from organisations promoting violent jihad. He told people on a chatline that he wanted to see Jews and Americans killed.

Mr Justice Butterfield told Lusha: “To the outside world you were the cheerful, hard-working helpful man whose only interest was to build a better life for yourself and find a Muslim bride.

“But behind that facade, in my judgment, there was a much darker side to you, a side that positively revelled in violence, death and destruction.”

Lusha, who entered the UK in 2000 concealed in a lorry, was sentenced to five concurrent jail sentences of seven years each and will be returned to Albania thereafter.

    Last updated: 4:47pm, December 17 2009