UK parliament car attacker Salih Khater jailed for life over terror attack
A London judge Maura McGowan on Monday jailed Salih Khater, 30 for life over terror attack of trying to “kill as many people as possible” with his car outside Britain’s parliament 2018.
Salih Khater, who ploughed his car into cyclists outside the Houses of Parliament claimed the crash last year was an accident after he got lost on the way to a London embassy.
Judge Maura McGowan told Salih Khater, , he would serve a minimum of 15 years in jail following his conviction for attempted murder in August 2018.
The Sudanese-born British national did not kill anyone in the August 14 2018 attack, which saw his car end up crashing into security barriers. Several people were injured.
During his trial, the court heard that Khater — who was granted asylum in Britain in 2010 — drove around Parliament Square several times before veering off at speed to strike a jogger.
Mrs Justice McGowan said, you are dangerous in that you present a significant risk of causing serious harm to the public in the future,”
His defence lawyer, Peter Carter QC, argued that his conviction for attempted murder could not be found to have a terrorist connection because Police found no evidence of any links to terrorist groups, or any extremist material at Khater’s home or on his electronic devices.
“There is not. The lack of evidence is not a proper basis for drawing a conclusion there is evidence of a terrorist connection.”
The crash followed the Westminster attack in March 2017, when Islamist Khalid Masood killed four victims with a car on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death outside parliament.
“The crash was an “attack on strangers and police officers at the seat of democracy in this country”.
But Khater, of Highgate Street in Birmingham, claimed he drove to London to obtain a visa from the Sudanese embassy.