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Six men sentenced over terrorism charges

18/04/2008

Preacher Omar Brooks was one of six men sentenced today at Kingston Crown Court after being found guilty of supporting terrorism, including charges of fundraising for terrorism and incitment to commit an act of terrorism overseas.

Bethan David, CPS Counter Terrorism Division reviewing lawyer, said: The jury heard how Omar Brooks and his co-defendants made inflammatory speeches at the Regents Park Mosque, urging people either to provide funds for violent jihad or to train and take up weapons themselves.

"These defendants called for people to give their support to Osama Bin Laden and money to the Mujahideen. They told people they should be proud of 9/11.

"The challenge in this case was to demonstrate to the jury that sometimes statements overstep not just the boundaries of taste and decency but also the boundaries of the law.

"It is not an offence to have negative views about Britain and its values and culture, but it is an offence to encourage acts of violence.

"This case was not about attacking free speech. It was about upholding the law."

The jury was unable to reach a verdict for Omar Brooks on a charge of encouraging people to commit an act of terrorism following a speech made at a community centre in Birmingham in 2006.

Notes to Editors

  1. Verdicts:

    • Omar Brooks: guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000; guilty of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to Sec 59, Terrorism Act 2000. Jury unable to reach a verdict on encouragement of terrorism contrary to Sec 1 Terrorism Act 2000. Brooks was sentenced to four and a half years.
    • Abdul Rehman Saleem:: not guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000; guilty of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to Sec 59, Terrorism Act 2000. Saleem was sentenced to three years nine months.
    • Shah Jalal Hussain: guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000. Hussain was sentenced to two years.
    • Omar Zaheer: The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000.
    • Simon Keeler: guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000; guilty of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to Sec 59 Terrorism Act 2000. Keeler was sentenced to four and a half years.
    • Rajib Khan: not guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15 Terrorism Act 2000. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to Sec 59 Terrorism Act 2000.
    • Ibrahim Hassan: not guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000; guilty of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to Sec 59 Terrorism Act 2000. Hassan was sentenced to two years nine months.
    • Abdul Muhid: guilty of fundraising, contrary to Sec 15, Terrorism Act 2000. Muhid was sentenced to two years.
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