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Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

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Yahya Rashid convicted of preparation of acts of terror after planning to join ISIS


Yahya Rashid has today been convicted on two counts of preparing to commit acts of terrorism following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Rashid had booked flights to Turkey for himself and four others, with the intention to travel on to Syria in order to join ISIS. Following pleas from his family to return home, Rashid eventually changed his mind and remained in Turkey. He was returned to London in March 2015 and was arrested on his arrival.

Deborah Walsh, CPS Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism said: "By buying a flight with the intention of going to Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State, Yahya Rashid was preparing to commit acts of terrorism, to influence and intimidate others using violence.

"Knowing full well the seriousness of his actions, he sought out radical propaganda online, planned his journey, packed his bags and left the UK with the intention of joining ISIS.

"Rashid changed his mind when in Turkey and did not go into Syria, but he had already committed the crime of planning and preparing to commit acts of terrorism. He must now face the consequences."


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