Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, was unanimously acquitted by a jury at the Old Bailey in London of one charge of preparing acts of terrorism, following a retrial. He saluted the jury before leaving the dock.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said Chowdhury had been charged with "the most appropriate offence" and would face no further prosecution over the incident.
The more I see and hear about this case, the more I wonder what planet the jury have been living on. https://t.co/5y5jXh2TmY— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) 19 December 2018
Two unarmed officers suffered cuts to their hands when they disarmed him outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017.
Chowdhury, who had driven from his home in Luton, repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) as he grappled with the cops.
I have absolute faith in the judiciary as they deem an UBER DRIVER who attempted to travel to Windsor Castle then Buckingham Palace to chop up a policeman with a samurai sword then drew a picture of shooting policeman outside Buckingham Palace not a terrorist outstanding pic.twitter.com/oabrcWEwwI— FRANK BULLITT (@FrankBullitt39) 19 December 2018
The jury also heard he supported terrorist acts perpetrated by Daesh and had sent a suicide note to his sister "expressing hate of the Queen and her soldiers."
Uber driver Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, from Luton, has been found NOT GUILTY of preparing an act of terrorism after stopping his car near Buckingham Palace and attacking police with a samurai sword.— Dominic Casciani (@BBCDomC) 19 December 2018
Jurors were also shown a number of drawings he made, including one in which a jihadist gunman kills a police officer outside 10 Downing Street.
But during the trial Chowdhury said he wanted to be killed by armed police and had no intention to hurt anyone.
#ThursdayThoughts— #DDD (@DDDaughters) 20 December 2018
Here’s A Cartoon Found In The Cell Of Accused #Terrorist & @TfL Licensed #Uber Minicab Driver Mr Chowdhury
He Was Cleared After He Claimed He Was Brandishing A Samurai Sword Outside #BuckinghamPalace Because He Was Depressed & Wanted Police To Kill Him pic.twitter.com/y8wXnn2e5s