Two men acquitted of conspiracy to rob boxer Amir Khan after stealing a watch at gunpoint

Two men accused of acting as “bystanders” during the armed robbery of former world boxing champion Amir Khan have been cleared of conspiracy to rob. The 36-year-old man, from Bolton, had his £70,000 diamond encrusted watch stolen as he was leaving an east London restaurant with his wife on April 18 last year.

Ismail Mohamed, 24, from Edmonton, and Nurul Amin, 25, from Harringay, both in north London, denied conspiracy to rob and were acquitted by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London. London today (Friday). The jury deliberated for only two hours before returning their unanimous verdicts.

Mohamed and Amin were accused of planning an ambush with others in which Khan was forced to hand over his bespoke diamond-encrusted rose gold Franck Muller watch by 20-year-old gunman Dante Campbell. Mohamed and Amin were in the restaurant with another man named Hamza Kulane. that he was not on trial.

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The prosecution argued that they had acted as ‘observers’ and stayed in the restaurant to follow Khan’s movements and relay them by phone to 25-year-old Ahmed Bana. Campbell and Bana, who drove the robbers to and from the scene, previously admitted to their roles. in the ambush

Mohamed said Bana arranged with him to meet the group to buy cannabis, but denied alerting anyone at the restaurant that Khan was there, telling jurors he had simply been checking social media. He told the jury that he had not heard of Khan before accompanying his friends to the restaurant to break their Ramadan fast.

The robbery in east London was caught on CCTV(Image: AP)

He said it was his friend Mr Kulane who pointed out that Mr Khan was in the restaurant when fans saw him and asked for pictures. Mohamed said he later told Bana about the boxer’s presence during a phone call.


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