A man from Cardiff has pleaded guilty to Terrorism Offences at Kingston Crown Court.
Sajid Idris, 36, from Cardiff was arrested from an address in the city in July 2017 following an intelligence led investigation by officers from Counter Terrorism Police North East and Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit
Today, Monday January 14, he pleaded guilty to four offences of disseminating of terrorist publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Idris received a 21 month sentence, suspended for two years.
During a search of his address, a number of items were recovered, including books, videos and banners demonstrating his extremist views.
Evaluation of his electronic devices found a number of video recordings of lectures given by members of Al Ghurabaa, an alias of the proscribed organisation Al-Muhajiroun (ALM), seeking to radicalise others in support of their cause. Idris distributed a number of these videos and links to them across social media platforms.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said:
“Terrorism takes many forms, and whilst Idris’s offences were not themselves acts of violence towards others, he actively sought to share his beliefs, and provoke others who may then act on these extreme ideologies in the UK or abroad.
“Idris’s dissemination of these videos shows not only his own deeply radicalised mind set, but also that he was encouraging support for violent extremism.
“Organisations like ALM, rely heavily on their propaganda being shared online where it is used to radicalise others and extend the reach of their extreme and dangerous views and actions.
“Those operating online should know that they are not anonymous and can expect to be prosecuted if they are involved in this type of activity. Tackling extremist material is an essential part of protecting the public and preventing offences that may 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.
Detective Superintendent Jim Hall from WECTU said “Cardiff is an extremely safe city. The community in Cardiff have repeatedly rejected the extreme views of individuals calmly and with dignity. Their support is of great value and should not be underestimated.
“Welsh police forces continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.
“Extremism and radicalisation is something that we continue to be constantly vigilant about.
“Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. To effectively combat the terrorism threat the police, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.
“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. In the event of an emergency always dial 999”