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Man jailed for glorifying and encouraging terrorism after Paris attacks

21/09/2017

A man who distributed an audio recording of a hate preacher's speech justifying the 2015 terror attacks in Paris has today been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Taha Hussain shared a link to the speech on WhatsApp.

The speech referenced the attacks in November 2015 where more than 100 people were killed after terrorists targeted the Bataclan theatre and other venues.

Another file sent via the Telegram messaging app included an article which offered advice to fighters who could not travel abroad to “kill the kuffar [unbeliever] in their own country”.

Hussain, from Slough, was found guilty on 31 July at the Old Bailey of seven terrorism offences and sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on 21 September.

All the counts relate to links or files he sent to others, using WhatsApp and Telegram, which glorified acts of terrorism. He was found not guilty of three other counts.

The CPS examined hundreds of images and hours of audio and video files before charging him with 10 counts.

Deborah Walsh from the CPS said: “The CPS case against Hussain was that he sent the material knowing it would be understood by its recipients as a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, instigation or preparation of acts of terrorism.

“He was recklessly providing a service to others that enabled them have access to publications that promoted violence and even gave advice on ways to kill people.

“He will now be spending time in prison as a result of these actions.”

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Notes to Editors

  1. The case against Taha Hussain (03/11/1995) arises out of a series of messages and tweets that were sent from his mobile phone between 19 July 2015 and 13 April 2016. He was arrested in August 2016.
  2. He was found guilty on seven charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to sections 2(1), 2(2)(d) and 2(2)(e) of the Terrorism Act 2006. He was found not guilty of two further charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication and one charge of encouragement of terrorism.
  3. Deborah Walsh is Deputy Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS
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