Bradford man jailed for funding terrorism abroad
A man has been jailed today for sending money to a man in Pakistan he had never met and which the prosecution said would be used to fund terrorism.
Asim Majid, 30, who worked as CCTV camera operator in Bradford, sent £280 to a bank in Peshawar in February this year.
Majid was also found guilty of having a 29 minute video on his mobile phone which included a demonstration on how to make a bomb. In the film the device is fastened to a man who dies when the bomb is detonated on his back. It provided further gruesome information on how to kill a person with a knife, using a live subject.
In addition, the jury convicted him of having an electronic copy of a terror manual that gave advice on how to lead a double life and be a “secret agent” in a country with a non-Muslim majority.
The prosecution argued that both items were likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing a terrorist act.
On Majid’s phone were links he had shared with others to eight videos produced by Daesh. The prosecution said that the videos promoted murder, glorified terrorist attacks and encouraged others to follow Daesh. He was also found guilty of disseminating all eight videos.
He was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison.
Jenny Hopkins from the CPS said: “Asim Majid led a double life. To those who knew him he was a family man with a job but he had a secret life online as a supporter of violent, global jihad.
“He held or shared violent videos that showed people being brutally murdered. The prosecution argued his intention was to inspire others to commit violent acts and to fund terrorism.
“Majid has been convicted of very serious criminal offences and he will now face the consequences of his actions”.
Notes to editors
- Asim Majid (dob 24/09/1988) was convicted of:
- One count of funding terrorism contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – six year sentence
- Two counts of collecting information, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – three year sentence
- Eight counts of dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2(1)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006 – three year sentence. All sentences to run consecutively.
- His trial started on 3 December and the jury found him guilty on all counts on 14 December.
- Jenny Hopkins is the head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS.