London, Feb.5: Five men, including the brothers of two of the failed July 21 London bombers were today jailed for a total of 56 years for helping them in the aftermath of the attacks.
According to The Sun, the group was convicted for assisting the bombers in evading immediate detection by providing safe houses and passports as well as clothing and food as they hid from authorities. Wahbi Mohammed, 25, from Stockwell was jailed for 17 years; Siraj Ali, 33, from Enfield was given 12 years; and Abdul Sherif, 30, from Stockwell was given 10 years. The other two defendants Ismail Abdurahman, 25, from Lambeth was given 10 years; and Muhedin Ali, 29, from Ladbroke Grove was sentenced to seven years.
Between them they were convicted of 22 charges of failing to disclose information about terrorism and assisting an offender following a four-month trial at Kingston Crown Court.
July 21 bombers Muktar Said Ibrahim, Hussain Osman, Yassin Omar and Ramzi Mohammed were all found guilty of conspiracy to murder and jailed for life following a six-month trial at Woolwich Crown Court last year.
They tried to detonate the rucksack bombs packed with high explosives, hydrogen peroxide and chapati flour, on Tubes at Shepherd's Bush, Warren Street and Oval stations and on a bus at Shoreditch High Street on July 21, 2005.
But each device failed to explode, sparing London a repeat of the 7/7 attacks just two weeks earlier.