Moment Uber driver turns ‘angry’ as he realises he’s been caught out by police for planning attacks


This is the moment a ‘calm and confident’ Uber driver’s body language turns ‘ferocious and angry’ after he realises he’s been caught out by police for plotting a gun and knife rampage at busy London tourist sites.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury planned to target popular attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus, using a gun, knife and van, last year, before being jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

The 29-year-old former Uber driver from Luton, who was said to be driven by ‘dreams of martyrdom’, was arrested three days before the Pride parade in summer 2019 after he unknowingly revealed his jihadist plans to undercover police officers.

Chowdhury bragged to them about shaving his beard off and deceiving a jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace at a previous trial at the Old Bailey in December 2018.

And now experts on Quest Red’s Faking It: Tears of a Crime say Chowdhury, also known as Musa, unwittingly exposed his guilt with a ‘five second leg shake’ and ‘rapid blinking’ as he finally realised he’d been caught during a police interview.

The criminal was also seen becoming increasingly angry, with his body language giving away his frustration – including glares, clenched fists and clamped lips, according to experts.

 

This is the moment a ‘calm and confident’ Uber driver’s body language (pictured) turns ‘ferocious and angry’ after he realises he’s been caught out by police for plotting a gun and knife rampage at busy London tourist sites

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury (pictured) planned to target popular attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus, using a gun, knife and van, last year and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury (pictured) planned to target popular attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus, using a gun, knife and van, last year and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years

The 29-year-old former Uber driver (pictured) from Luton, who was said to be driven by 'dreams of martyrdom', was arrested three days before the Pride parade in summer 2019 after he unknowingly revealed his jihadist plans to undercover police officers

The 29-year-old former Uber driver (pictured) from Luton, who was said to be driven by ‘dreams of martyrdom’, was arrested three days before the Pride parade in summer 2019 after he unknowingly revealed his jihadist plans to undercover police officers

In his police interview, Chowdhury claimed innocence. Yet his guilt was hidden in plain sight as well as his increasing frustration once he realised he was caught, according to a panel of British experts in psychology, body language and speech analyse.

In his first interview, Chowdhury was calm and confident in his answers, encouraging officers to ‘ask him anything’ and insisting he was happy to help with their enquiries.

But during a second meeting a recording of him explaining his plans for future attacks and how he lied in his previous trial is played back to him from undercover officers. 

From here, Chowdhury’s behaviour appeared to change completely, becoming more withdrawn. ‘At this point, Chowdhury knows that he’s busted, the game is up so he starts to shut down’, forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes notes.

Examining the footage, body language expert Cliff Lansley pinpoints a cluster of unconscious behaviours – a five second leg shake, rapid blinking and a glare of anger – that suggest Chowdhury’s growing anxiousness.   

Chowdhury (pictured during his police interview) bragged to them about shaving his beard off and deceiving a jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace at a previous trial at the Old Bailey in December 2018

Chowdhury (pictured during his police interview) bragged to them about shaving his beard off and deceiving a jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace at a previous trial at the Old Bailey in December 2018

And now experts on Quest Red's Faking It: Tears of a Crime say Chowdhury (pictured), also known as Musa, unwittingly exposed his guilt with a 'five second leg shake' and 'rapid blinking' as he finally realised he'd been caught during a police interview

And now experts on Quest Red’s Faking It: Tears of a Crime say Chowdhury (pictured), also known as Musa, unwittingly exposed his guilt with a ‘five second leg shake’ and ‘rapid blinking’ as he finally realised he’d been caught during a police interview

‘Although he seems calm on the surface, we can see a vibration from the legs which, when you count that, there’s about four or five movements per second. It’s the result of stress that’s caused by anxiety.’ Cliff explains. 

‘When you combine that with the rapid blink rates – about four or five times in a short period of time – this shows that he’s experiencing cognitive load; he’s thinking hard.’

Chowdhury’s body language suggests anger, particularly at being caught red handed by the police, Cliff suggests. 

‘As you look here, the brows are down, you’ve got a glare from the eyes, you can see the lips have started to clamp. You can almost the feel the ferocity, the anger that must be inside him here,’ he says. 

‘He’s clamping his fist you can see the knuckles coming through. This anger is probably directed at himself. He’s been outwitted by the police.’ 

Examining the footage, body language expert Cliff Lansley (pictured) pinpoints a cluster of unconscious behaviours – a five second leg shake, rapid blinking and a glare of anger – that suggest Chowdhury's growing anxiousness

Examining the footage, body language expert Cliff Lansley (pictured) pinpoints a cluster of unconscious behaviours – a five second leg shake, rapid blinking and a glare of anger – that suggest Chowdhury’s growing anxiousness

Even Chowdhury’s voice seemingly signaled his guilt, as professor of linguistics Dawn Archer notes. ‘The volume being down and everything about him tells us that he’s not alright. He knows he’s been caught.’ 

Over the course of a five-month surveillance operation detectives gathered crucial information about Chowdhury’s mindset and plans after winning his trust. 

The ex-chicken shop worker prepared for his potential attack by lifting weights, practising stabbing, rehearsing beheading techniques as well as booking shooting range training and trying to acquire a real gun.

Prosecutors argued at his trial that Chowdhury desired to ‘unleash death and suffering’ on non-Muslims after being influenced by sermons from preachers like al Qaida’s Anwar Al-Awlaki. 

Chowdhury told one undercover officer he was free to attack one million unbelievers if he was fighting for ‘the pleasure of Allah’ and stressed the importance of an ‘ambush’, saying: ‘They shouldn’t know what hit them.’ 

On 25 August 2017, he drove towards Buckingham Palace before slashing two unarmed officers with a sword while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – but he was cleared of terrorism offences in December 2018 after he claimed he was depressed and wanted police to kill him. 

The taxi driver had also glorified terror while he was held on remand at maximum-security HMP Belmarsh before his first trial. Drawings found inside his cell showed a terrorist armed with AK47-style rifle shouting 'Allahu Akbar' as he peppers a police officer standing outside 10 Downing Street with bullets (seen above)

The taxi driver had also glorified terror while he was held on remand at maximum-security HMP Belmarsh before his first trial. Drawings found inside his cell showed a terrorist armed with AK47-style rifle shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he peppers a police officer standing outside 10 Downing Street with bullets (seen above)

A knife found in Chowdhury's London flat. Judge Andrew Lees sentenced Chowdhury to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years at Woolwich Crown Court in July this year

A knife found in Chowdhury’s London flat. Judge Andrew Lees sentenced Chowdhury to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years at Woolwich Crown Court in July this year

A photo from the Metropolitan Police shows the wooden swords Chowdhury used for training

A photo from the Metropolitan Police shows the wooden swords Chowdhury used for training

He sent letters to his sister with quotes justifying what he had done showing he was the same man in 2019 as he was when he was first prosecuted in 2017.

Chowdhury even appeared to confess he was guilty of the Buckingham Palace knife rampage with a simple slip of the tongue during his first police interview, according to professor of linguistics Dawn Archer.

He told officers ‘why would I do another attack’, when questioned about his plotting of terror attacks.

‘“Another attack” suggests he has done an attack’, says Dawn. ‘So, in spite of being found not guilty by a jury he seems to be telling us via a verbal slip that he was involved in an attack previously.’

Chowdhury denied but was sentenced for convictions of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, collecting information likely to be useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications. 

Judge Andrew Lees sentenced Chowdhury to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years at Woolwich Crown Court in July this year.

The brand-new series of Faking It: Tears of a Crime airs at 10pm on Saturdays exclusively on Quest Red and available on dplay 

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