Radical website puts U.K. lawmakers on death list

/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

A radical Islamist website linked to the stabbing of a British lawmaker has published a list of politicians targeted for death because of their votes in favor of the Iraq war.

The site, revolutionmuslim.com, helped radicalize a British university student who was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for trying to kill Stephen Timms, a member of the British parliament, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

Roshonara Choudhry, 21, stabbed Timms twice in the stomach with a kitchen knife as he met constituents at a London community center in May.

Choudhry told police she was radicalized online and cited revolutionmuslim.com as a site she looked at, the Telegraph reported.

The site carries links to online sermons from an al-Qaida-linked Muslim cleric tied to several terrorist attacks.

Choudhry told detectives she wanted to kill Timms "to get revenge for the people of Iraq."

Revolutionmuslim.com includes a complete list of British lawmakers who voted for war in Iraq. It also calls on Muslims to try to kill them.

"We ask Allaah for her action to inspire Muslims to raise the knife of Jihaad against those who voted for the countless rapes, murders, pillages, and torture of Muslim civilians as a direct consequence of their vote," the website states.

A link on the website also provides a way for readers to "track an MP" over the Internet.

The website is hosted in the United States, and British ministers have urged the Obama administration to take action against such sites, according to the Telegraph.

Inspired by Yemeni cleric
British officials say Choudhry had downloaded sermons by Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born Yemeni cleric who has inspired a string of attempted attacks against the West, including the airline cargo bomb plot uncovered last week.

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed that the influence of al-Awlaki's group, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, was a factor in the attack on Timms.

Revolutionmuslim.com provides links to videos of al-Awlaki on YouTube. YouTube has vowed to remove al-Awlaki videos at the urging of U.K. and U.S. politicians, but they can still be viewed.

Choudhry, a communications and English major at London's prestigious King's College, refused to appear in court, saying she didn't accept its jurisdiction, and instructed her lawyer not to challenge the prosecution's case.

She was convicted Tuesday after a one-day trial and less than 15 minutes of jury deliberation.

Timms, 55, was a minister in Britain's previous Labour Party government. Its decision to support the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq — backed by a vote in Parliament — was deeply unpopular in Britain.

He has made a full recovery from his wounds.

After sentencing, Timms said his attacker was an intelligent woman who had decided to "throw it all away."

"I think it is alarming that she seems to have reached that conclusion simply by spending time on the Internet," he told BBC radio.

All British lawmakers hold regular sessions in which constituents can present problems and complaints.

In January 2000, Liberal Democrat lawmaker Nigel Jones and his aide Andrew Pennington were attacked by a man wielding a sword during such a meeting. Pennington was killed and Jones injured in the attack in Cheltenham, England.

Timms said he had "slightly rearranged" his security since the attack, but that "there is a limit to what you can do."

"It is very important that as a member of Parliament I am accessible to constituents. That's my job."