Sam Parsa, 59, stuffed a bottle of flammable liquid and a shawl into the exhaust pipe of an Iranian diplomatic automotive within the early hours of September 5, 2018.
Prosecutor Benjamin Holt advised jurors that specialists confirmed it was a “viable incendiary gadget”.
If somebody had turned on the automotive’s ignition, the temperature within the exhaust might have brought on a “pool hearth“, he advised the court docket.
“Such a hearth is, chances are you’ll assume, inevitably going to hazard the life of individuals within the automotive and any pedestrians who could be strolling previous on the time,” Mr Holt mentioned.
Officers recovered CCTV footage of a shadowy determine crouching subsequent to the BMW automobile and “fiddling round” by the exhaust for a couple of minute earlier than strolling off.
An examination of the plastic bottle and scarf linked them to Parsa by his DNA.
Police arrested him at his house in Tottenham, north London, seven weeks later.
When advised of the allegation towards him, the defendant mentioned: “That is all faux.”
In a search of his flat, officers discovered recordings of Parsa talking on a US-based radio present.
The defendant voiced his opposition to the “rotten and fossilised” Iranian regime, saying he was an ex-political prisoner who had fled to England as a political refugee.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, mentioned: “I’m happy with this conviction; Sam Parsa carried out a really reckless act which might have endangered lives.
“Due to the thorough investigation of detectives, we swiftly recognized Parsa because the perpetrator and seized the very important proof which proved he was on the scene.
“I’d additionally prefer to reward the vigilance of the member of public who noticed the damaging bottle within the automotive’s exhaust pipe and immediately knowledgeable police, enabling us to rapidly resolve a probably harmful scenario.
“Police additionally depend on info from the general public and I urge everybody to stay vigilant and report something suspicious in any respect to police.”