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Would-be Daesh fighter jailed


A man who attempted to travel to Syria and join Daesh fighters has been given a six-year prison sentence at the Old Bailey today (14 June).

In early January 2016, Shamim Ahmed travelled to Istanbul from London and then took an onward flight to the town of Gaziantep. The 24-year-old was subsequently stopped at the Oncupinar border crossing and returned to the UK where he was arrested.

Ahmed, from London, was charged with preparing for acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2006 and pleaded guilty in May 2017.

Working with the police, the CPS was able to show that Ahmed had extremist material on his mobile phone and had being using social media to research ways to enter Syria and join Daesh, also known as Islamic State.

His travel arrangements were also suspicious and were used by the prosecution to show that his trip to Turkey was not just for a normal visit.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "People thinking of travelling to Syria to engage in violence can expect to be returned to the UK to face prosecution and a potential prison sentence, with all that means for them and their loved ones.

"Shamim Ahmed had little choice but to plead guilty when faced with the weight of evidence presented by the prosecution. Thanks to our work with the police and Turkish authorities, Ahmed's plan to join IS has been thwarted and he will no longer pose a threat to the public in the UK or abroad."


Notes to Editors

  1. Shamim Ahmed (dob 1/3/1993) was given a sentence of seven years - six to be served in custody and one year on licence. He was also ordered to pay the victim surcharge.
  2. Ahmed flew out to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport on 11 January 2016. On 13 January he flew from Istanbul to the town of Gaziantep and on 14 January he was detained at the Oncupinar Border Crossing. He was returned to London two days later.
  3. He was charged with one count of doing acts in preparation for terrorism on 28 September 2016 and pleaded guilty on 10 May 2017. Preparing for acts of terrorism is an offence under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
  4. Shamim Ahmed was born in Bangladesh and is a Bangladeshi national.
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