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Men jailed for supporting terrorism

10/02/2017

Five men have today (10 February) been sentenced for making speeches encouraging support for Daesh.

Mohammed Alamgir, Yousuf Bashir and Rajib Khan, all from Luton, gave speeches in the town, at venues including the private address of fellow defendant Ziah Rahman, and were part of the local branch of the proscribed extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.

Their speeches encouraged people to join Daesh and not to "sit on the sidelines".  They were convicted of terrorist offences in August 2016.

Ziaur Rahman, from Luton, and Mohammed Sufiyan Choudry, from Maidenhead, were convicted of similar offences after a retrial in January 2017.

The Al-Muhajiroun group was infiltrated by an undercover police officer who covertly collected evidence which was used to convict the men. The men also had links with Anjem Choudary, who was convicted of encouraging support for Daesh last year.

Sue Hemming of the CPS said: "The messages of hate and division spread by these men are totally unacceptable and have rightly led to their conviction.

"Knowingly encouraging people to join or support a proscribed organisation is a serious crime and will be prosecuted."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Sue Hemming is Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division.
  2. Mohammed Istiak Alamgir (DOB: 13.6.1979) - was sentenced to 6 years in prison for three counts of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to s12(3) Terrorism Act 2000
  3. Yousuf Bashir (DOB: 17.5.1980) - was sentenced to 4 years 6 months in prison for one count of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to s12(3) Terrorism Act 2000
  4. Rajib Khan (DOB: 1.5.1978) - was sentenced to 5 years in prison for two counts of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to s12(3) Terrorism Act 2000
  5. Mohammed Sufiyan Choudry (DOB: 6.9.1993) - was sentenced to 4 years in prison for one count of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to s12(3) Terrorism Act 2000
  6. Ziaur Rahman (DOB: 20.10.1977) was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for three counts of arranging, managing or assisting in arranging or managing a meeting to support a proscribed organisation, contrary to s12(2) Terrorism Act 2000
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