A Muslim extremist whose online rants inspired a fanatic to stab an MP has been caged.
Bilal Ahmad, 23, from Wolverhampton, called on Muslims to “raise the knife of Jihad” against MPs who supported the Iraq War.
His words were taken literally by Roshonara Choudhry, 21, who had visited Ahmad’s Revolution Muslim web page. She stabbed Labour MP Stephen Timms at his constituency surgery in May last year – knifing him twice in the stomach. He survived and Choudhry was jailed for attempted murder.
Ahmad said the MP had “got off lightly” and called for Choudhry to be freed and given a medal.
Ahmad admitted soliciting to murder members of Parliament, inciting religious hatred and three charges under the Terrorism Act.
Sentencing the IT graduate to 12 years at a hearing on Friday, a judge said: “You became a viper in our midst, willing to go as far as possible to strike at the heart of our system. Your views were corrosively dangerous.”