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Aspiring Daesh fighter convicted

|News, Terrorism

UPDATE: On 26 February 2019, Mohammad Imran was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for preparing for a terrorist  act and possessing a terrorism manual.

A man from Birmingham who hoped to travel to Daesh-controlled areas and fight alongside the group has been convicted of acts in preparation of terrorism today (27 December).

Mohammad Imran, 22, sought to obtain a fake passport through a contact he met online. However, the person he was chatting to on a secure messaging app was a law enforcement officer.

During the conversations in September last year, Imran said his mother had taken away his passport and he did not mind if he was given a fake or stolen one. He said he had £3,000 to fund his plan to join Daesh.

Jenny Hopkins from the CPS said: “Mohammad Imran was desperate to join Daesh rather than remain in the UK.

“He was ready to give up everything to kill in the name of a warped world view.”

He was found guilty at the Old Bailey today of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

Earlier this year an associate, Naa’imur Rahman was jailed for at least 30 years for plotting a knife and bomb attack on No 10 Downing Street in which he hoped to kill the Prime Minister. Rahman was also convicted of giving Mohammad Imran a specially recorded video so Imran could use it to introduce himself to those engaged in jihad abroad.

At Rahman’s trial Imran was found guilty of possessing a manual that set out how to conduct terrorist activity in a western country. The document provided practical advice on carrying out a campaign of violence.

Notes to editors

  • Mohammad Imran (DOB: 28/01/1996) was found guilty of one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5(1)(a) and (3) of the Terrorism Act 2006. On 26 February 2019, he was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.
  • At a trial earlier this year Imran was found guilty of one count of collecting information, contrary to section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. It related to possessing a digital copy of a terror manual. On 26 February 2019, he was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. This sentence is to run concurrently with the other one.
  • His co-defendant in the earlier trial was Naa’imur Rahman who was convicted of terror related offences and jailed for at least 30 years in August 2018. More details of that trial can be found here
  • Jenny Hopkins is the head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS.

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