UK policeman gets 7 years in prison for hoax terror alert

A British policeman who phoned in a hoax terrorism alert has been jailed for seven years.

West Midlands policeman Amar Tasaddiq Hussain was sentenced Friday in Stafford Crown Court. He had been convicted for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice earlier this month along with two accomplices.

He made the hoax call on Dec. 8, 2014, and prosecutors said the three plotters were trying to discredit an official at an Islamic community group they belonged to.

The judge said the three plotted to "falsely incriminate an innocent man" who was questioned by police for several days.

Officials say Hussain set off a nationwide terrorism alert by making the bogus call to the police emergency services.

Judge Michael Chambers said the 29-year-old policeman showed no remorse for his crime.