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Man who shared extremist content online jailed for 14 terrorism offences

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for six years as a result of an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, which found that he was sharing Daesh propaganda and terrorist material via social media apps.

The investigation into Ismail Kissa (01.04.99), from east London, was launched after he was stopped at Stansted Airport on 29 March 2022 by ports officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) using powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He was spoken to by officers, who also examined two mobile phones he was carrying. On initial review of the phones, officers found a number of files and videos of concern linked to Daesh and Islamist terrorism.

As a result, Kissa was arrested and taken into police custody, where he was questioned by detectives about the material found on his phone. He offered no comment.

He was subsequently released on bail and the mobile phones were sent for further digital forensic examination which revealed that he was a member of various extremist chat groups on the Telegram app.

Officers found evidence that he had shared a number of Daesh propaganda videos and terrorist content with others on these groups.

Kissa engaged in conversations about the importance of target selection for a terrorist attack, including reference to police stations.

Officers also found Kissa had an instructional video on one of his phones which contained details of how to make a ‘molotov cocktail’ device.

The video was assessed by a forensic expert who concluded that if the instructions were followed, it would have made a viable incendiary device.

Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This conviction has come about as a result of a Schedule 7 stop at the airport, which led to officers identifying extremist material on his phones and then launching an investigation.

“This case demonstrates how valuable it is that SO15 is part of a national Counter Terrorism network that works closely with colleagues around the country to keep the public safe, and deal with people that support extreme ideologies and we suspect of terrorism offences.

“We know that the sharing of this type of material online can lead to people becoming radicalised – particularly some young people who may be more vulnerable to malign influences. If you see this kind of material online, or are aware of anyone sharing it, I would urge you to report it to us so we can take appropriate action.”

Anyone who sees terrorist material online can report it via www.gov.uk/ACT or you can download the iReportIt app on your smartphone or device, which will allow you to report material direct to police.

Kissa was sentenced on Tuesday, 20 June, at the Old Bailey to six years and a further four years on extended licence. Kissa will also be subject to Part 4 Notification requirements.

Kissa previously pleaded guilty to 13 counts of disseminating terrorist publications (contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006) and one count of possessing material likely to be of use to a terrorist (contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000).