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Andrew Ibrahim

Andrew Ibrahim
Born (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 25)
Bristol, England
Other names Isa Ibrahim
Occupation Student
Criminal penalty Indeterminate prison sentence
Minimum 10 years
Conviction(s) Making explosives with intent
Preparing terrorist acts
Making an explosive substance[1]

Andrew Philip Michael Ibrahim (born 25 January 1989) is a British Muslim convert, also known as 'Isa Ibrahim' [2] after his conversion to Islam. Ibrahim was arrested by police in the city of Bristol on suspicion of terrorism, and on 17 July 2009 convicted of Preparing terrorist acts.[1] He is the son of an NHS consultant pathologist.[3] At the time of his arrest he was a student at City of Bristol College.[4][5]

Early life

Ibrahim was born to a Coptic Egyptian father and an English mother, Vicky,[6] in Bristol. His brother Peter is an Oxford graduate.


In the course of his primary and secondary education Ibrahim attended four separate schools: Colston's School, Bristol,[4][5] Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol,[4][5] Downside School,[4][5] and Bristol Cathedral School.[4][5] He then became a student at the City of Bristol College.


Ibrahim was arrested after covert inquiries prompted by an intelligence tip-off from within the city's Muslim community.[7]

After his arrest police evacuated nearby residents[8] of number 44 Comb Paddock, Westbury-on-Trym, a Bristol suburb, whilst soldiers from the Royal Logistics Corps[9] carried out controlled explosions at his home/flat.[10] The police also searched and sealed off nearby woodland as part of their inquires.[11]

Ibrahim was held and questioned by terrorist squad officers.


On 30 April 2008 Ibrahim was charged with terrorist offences. They were: 1. possession of an explosive substance 2. intent to commit terrorism and 3. possession of articles for terrorist purposes.[12]

The explosive substance he was accused of possessing (charge no.1.) was hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, also known as HMTD, which is an organic chemical compound. He was also accused of possessing (charge no.3.) two home-made vests, ball bearings, air gun pellets, nails and screws, wired circuitry, batteries and electric bulb filaments.[12]

City of Westminster Magistrates' Court

On 30 April 2008 Ibrahim appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court. After a short hearing he was remanded in custody until 23 May.[13]

Ibrahim was accused of having an explosive substance with intent and also charged with intending to commit a terrorist act by intending to construct and detonate an improvised explosive device.[14]

Central Criminal Court-the Old Bailey

On 23 May Ibrahim appeared for the hearing at the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, via a video-link from London's Belmarsh jail and was remanded in custody.

On 17 July 2009 at Winchester Crown Court Ibrahim was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of ten years in jail.[1]

He is currently held in HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

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