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Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

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Angela Shafiq sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for assisting acts of terrorism


Angela Shafiq, 22, was today sentenced at the Old Bailey to 15 months' imprisonment following her conviction for terror offences under s5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. At a trial in July, Ms Shafiq was found guilty of giving help and advice to Mohammed Nahin Ahmed before he left to join jihadis fighting in Syria.

Evidence at trial showed that Shafiq had advised Ahmed on renewing his passport, which he needed to do in order to travel to Syria, and also suggested ways to fool people into believing that he was travelling to Syria for humanitarian purposes. The two also discussed the possibility of Shafiq joining Ahmed in Syria.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the CPS, said: "Even if you don't leave the UK, or meet face to face with someone involved in terrorism, you can be prosecuted and properly convicted of assisting terrorism if you engage in this kind of behaviour.

"From the content of their exchanges it was clear that Shafiq knew that she was encouraging and assisting someone who was planning to go to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.

"We will continue to work to build strong cases against these individuals to ensure that terrorists and those that assist them will find no hiding place in Britain."


Angela Shafiq was found guilty of 1 count of assisting another to commit terrorist acts contrary to s5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. She was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, a 10 year notification period upon her release and the forfeiture and destruction of her two computers.


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