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Daesh cyber-terrorist Sumata Ullah jailed

02/05/2017

Sumata Ullah has today been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to purporting to be a member of Daesh (so called "Islamic State") as well as to a series of terrorism offences relating to his cyber activity.

A police raid on Ullah's home in Cardiff in 2016 revealed that he had been part of a global network of terrorists who had been using their cyber skills to help Daesh.

Ullah provided instructional videos on how to use encryption programmes to hide online terrorist material from the authorities and developed Daesh's capability to spread their propaganda on the dark web.

He was also found to be in possession of items which could be used to plan and carry out terrorist attacks including some adapted cufflinks which hid a USB drive.

Sue Hemming of the CPS said: "Left unchecked, the actions of Sumata Ullah could well have helped others carry out further terrorist attacks either in the UK or abroad.

"Ullah wrongly assumed he could hide behind the perceived anonymity of the online world to help the planning of terrorist attacks. However, prosecutors worked with police to build a strong case that left Ullah with little option but to admit to his offending."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Full sentencing details: Eight years' imprisonment and a further five on licence

  2. Sue Hemming is the Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service

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