Brothers Safaan Ali (10.03.01) and Mohammed Shehzad (13.03.98) from Bradford have been sentenced for Terrorism Offences today.
Ali and Shehzad were both charged with one offence of dissemination of terrorism publications contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Ali was also charged with eight offences of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for an act of terrorism contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Ali was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison and Shehzad was sentenced to 15 months.
The pair pleaded guilty to all offences at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court.They were arrested in July following an intelligence-led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.
Digital downloads of the brothers mobile phones and devices found a number of proscribed publications and concerning material, including guides on the manufacture of explosives. Video content and concerning conversations on multimedia platforms demonstrated the sharing of extremist content to influence others.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said:
“Terrorism takes many forms. Whilst the offences were not themselves acts of violence towards others, they show their concerning mind-set and aspiration to encourage others to share their beliefs.
“The publications, documents and digital content recovered from Ali’s devices featured praise for violence and support for Daesh.
“Shehzad and Ali’s dissemination of video content shows not only their own deeply radicalised mind set, but that they were encouraging support for violent radical terrorism.
“All terrorist groups rely heavily on their propaganda being shared online where it is used encourage support for their extreme and dangerous views and actions.
“Tackling all forms of extremist material is an essential part of protecting the public, safeguarding those who may be vulnerable to dangerous influences and preventing offences that incite or encourage acts of terrorism.
“The issue of online radicalisation is a serious one, but it is one that the public can really help us with. I would urge anyone who sees anything online that is concerning, to report it.
“All forms of terrorist-related material online can be reported anonymously to specialist officers via www.gov.uk/ACT. Any suspicious activity can also be reported to the police in confidence on 0800 789 321.”