Mohammed Hamid was convicted in 2008 under politically-motivated circumstances. He was found guilty of "soliciting to murder" under legislation dating back to 1861, despite never actually instructing anyone to any specific act. The conviction was based upon innocuous statements allegedly made by Hamid whilst under covert surveillance which, by the accounts of those who appeared in court for the prosecution, were twisted to suit a government agenda.
As part of a documentary about Muslims in the United Kingdom, "Don't Panic, I'm Islamic", the BBC filmed Hamid and others playing paintball. However, the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service felt that there must have been something sinister about Muslims paintballing and camping in the woods. Statements were given by the police, of which the strongest allegation was a testimony that "they were holding sticks exactly as I have seen people in Iraq." That this was their strongest evidence, even after months of surveillance which included the use of undercover agents and covert recording, is a stark indication of the legitimacy of the prosecution.'