The mum and daughter who were part on Britain’s first all-female terror cell have been jailed.
The mum and daughter who were part on Britain’s first all-female terror cell have been jailed over a suicide knife attack plot that they discussed in Alice in Wonderland code.
Rizlaine, 22, planned to strike random members of the public to cause widespread panic, injury and death in April last year, the Old Bailey heard.
She has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 16 years for plotting a knife attack on Westminster.
Her Moroccan-born mother mother Mina Dich was jailed for six years and nine months with a further five years on extended licence for helping her.
Rizlaine’s sister Safaa Boular, 18, will be sentenced at a later date after she was found guilty of preparing terrorism in the UK and Syria.
Mother-of-one Rizlaine adopted the murderous scheme from her sister Safaa who was in custody over an attempt to become a jihadi bride in Syria the year before.
In coded phone calls, they discussed holding an Alice In Wonderland themed tea party with Rizlaine cast as the Mad Hatter.
She said she knew “a few recipes for some amazing cakes” for a “proper like English tea party kind of thing”.
Her younger sibling suggested the theme telling her sister: “You can be the Mad Hatter ’cause your hair’s crazy.”
Mother-of-four Dich responded: “That will be fun.”
She went on to shop for knives and a rucksack and carried out reconnaissance around Westminster with Dich.
She also practised for the knife attack in a bugged conversation at her friend Khawla Barghouthi’s home.
The women laughed as she expressed the fear she might “flop so badly” and cut her arm by accident.
When armed police went to arrest Rizlaine, she shouted “f*** you” and was shot by an officer who thought she had something in her hand, the court heard.
Rizlaine pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism along with her mother Mina Dich, 44, from Vauxhall, south London, who helped her.
The 22-year-old’s friend Khawla Barghouthi, 21, from Willesden, north-west London, admitted failing to disclose the plot.
Judge Mark Dennis QC said Dich “failed in her parental role” to stop Rizlaine just a month after the earlier Westminster atrocity and played a “significant role” in radicalising both her daughters.
He told the mother she bore a “heavy responsibility”.
He told Rizlaine she had planned a “wicked act” born from distorted views.
He said: “There are individuals walking the streets today whose lives could have been irreparably damaged or lost had it not been for the intervention of the police and security services.”
Before sentencing, in mitigation, Rizlaine’s lawyer Imran Khan QC said: “In short, Rizlaine Boular embarked on this course of conduct because she wanted to die.
“She knew as soon as she produced a knife in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster police officers would swoop and kill her, and that’s what she wanted at that time.”
He said she was radicalised online after being sacked from a marketing sales team for wearing Muslim clothes after three months.
The defendants, who wore Islamic dress in the dock, made no reaction as they were sentenced.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said: “This investigation started with Safaa, and her attempts to travel out to Syria, marry a Daesh fighter and support their terrorist activity.
“Having been prevented from travelling to Syria, she then set about plotting an attack in the UK but her plans were being covered by the counter terrorism network and security services.
“After Safaa was arrested and charged, her mother and sister tried to pick up where she left off.
“But again, working with the security services, we tracked their plans and stopped them before they were able to put them into practice.
“All three women were filled with hate and toxic ideology and were determined to carry out a terrorist attack. Had they been successful, it could well have resulted in people being killed or seriously injured. ”
How the ‘Mad Hatter’ terror plot unfolded
Rizlaine Boular tries to travel to Syria. She is stopped in Turkey after she is reported missing by her family.
She is later married off to a local imam but the relationship is not happy and she goes to live in a women’s hostel.
Her sister Safaa Boular, then 15, begins to exhibit an extremist mindset after the Paris attacks.
She downloads various images and videos including of women in burkas holding AK47 rifles.
She meets an ISIS recruiter on Twitter called Umm Isa Al-Amriki, who was killed in May 2016.
Safaa Boular, now 16, meets Naweed Hussain on Instagram.
She tells him about her plans to join him in Raqqa and be part of the self proclaimed Islamic State.
The pair talk about donning his-and-hers suicide belts in Telegram chat.
Safaa Boular returns from a family holiday in Morocco and is stopped at Stansted Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.
Her passport is seized.
Her mother Mina Dich contacts police concerned that her daughters Safaa and Rizlaine have run off. They are located at a hostel and are arrested. Safaa Boular goes on to tell police about Hussain.
End of August
British security services deploy specially trained officers to chat with Hussain online, pretending to be fellow extremists to discover his plans.
Hussain and Safaa Boular accept that they will never be together in Syria and their attention switches to attacks in the UK.
They discuss using Tokarev handguns and pineapples (grenades) in an attack on the British Museum. An examination of Mina Dich’s phone reveals extremist material and social services take safeguarding steps.
April 4, 2017
Hussain is killed in a drone attack. Boular is distraught on being told by a security services officer posing as his ISIS commander.
Rizlaine consoles her saying it increases her status as “a widow” and Dich says she is “proud”.
In chat with officers online, Safaa Boular says Hussain “mentioned something about the British Museum and the Tokarev and pineapple”.
She also says he told her “all it takes was a car and a knife”.
Rizlaine tells Safaa: “the bus goes past the British Museum and I thought of you” in apparent reference to the plot.
Safaa, now 17, is charged with preparing terrorist acts in Syria and is remanded into Medway Secure Training Centre.
Rizlaine tells Safaa she and some “sisters” are going to have a “tea party and stuff”. Safaa complains: “Mate, you guys are partying without me.”
In a later call, the sisters and their mother discuss a party again with Safaa, suggesting an Alice in Wonderland theme and Rizlaine as the Mad Hatter.
Rizlaine and her mother carry out reconnaissance in the Westminster area.
The pair buy a pack of knives and keep the largest 6in blade. They also purchase a rucksack.
On the date of the planned knife attack in Westminster, police swoop to arrest Rizlaine, her friend Khawla Barghouthi and Dich.