White nationalist planning to attack Scottish mosque convicted of terrorism – 5Pillars
A self-proclaimed white nationalist from Fife, Scotland who idealized Christchurch mosque mass murderer Brenton Tarrant faces a lengthy prison sentence for terrorism offenses.
Sam Imrie, 24, was arrested in 2019 at his home in Glenrothes after police discovered he posted on a messaging app his intention to attack the Islamic center in Fife.
During a search of his home, police discovered a huge cache of weapons including a combat knife, nunchucks, hammer, ax, black-handled knife and rifle scope.
Lisa Gillespie QC said officers also seized a copy of the ‘Grand Replacement’, a manifesto written by far-right terrorist Brenton Tarrant who murdered 51 worshipers during the attacks on Christchurch Mosque in March 2019.
A manifesto by Anders Breivik, another far-right terrorist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011, was also recovered from Imrie’s house during the search.
He called Breivik “the savior of Europe” and Tarrant “Saint Tarrant”. Officers also found child pornography and extreme pornography that showed sexual acts committed on dead mutilated women.
The High Court in Edinburgh convicted Imrie on a terrorism charge for making statements on social media that encouraged acts of terrorism. He was also convicted of glorifying terrorist acts such as the Christchurch attacks.
The court was told that Imrie left school at age 14 after being bullied and developing PTSD. He began to hate Muslims after consuming right-wing content on websites such as 8Chan and social media.
He also had a video the Christchurch Mosque attacker made of himself shooting worshipers, and posted online: “All my heroes are mass murderers.”
In one of her messages, Imrie wished the death of Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. He wrote: “The SNP party wants millions of Muslims to come in, so obviously I want Sturgeon to die. “
The Metropolitan Police had infiltrated a group on a messaging app where Imrie would post his hateful content. Scottish police have been notified and Imrie has been taken into custody.
Police also found a large number of hateful images and memes on their computer that glorified Nazism and the far-right terrorist attacks.
Likewise, two copies of Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler, were found on his computer. Police also found a file named “heroes” which contained footage of Dylann Roof, a terrorist who killed nine African-American worshipers in an American church.
His Facebook bio read: “Seeing Muslims Suffer” while his cover photo was an image of Adolf Hitler speaking to a large crowd.
In one of the Telegraph’s messages, he wrote: “No weapons. All I can do is burn them, ”referring to his plans to burn down the Islamic Center. Police found CCTV footage of Imrie trying out the door to the Islamic Center.
He told the court that his comment about the mosque fire was a “joke” and that he was not serious about it.
Although Lord Mulholland remanded him on remand, Ms Gillespie said the Crown was considering imposing a serious crime prevention order. Imrie has also been entered in the sex offender registry.
Lord Mulholland told Imrie: “Do not kid yourself – you have been convicted of very serious offenses, including the collection of terrorism information and the encouragement of terrorism, child pornography and extreme pornography. You will not be surprised to learn that you will receive a fairly long sentence.
Pat Campbell, Scottish Police Deputy Chief Constable for Organized Crime, Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said: ‘Sam Imrie was a socially isolated individual who displayed hateful intentions and the potential consequences of his actions did not deserve not to be taken into account. Police Scotland welcome the outcome of the trial, which concludes an extremely complex investigation. “