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Peterborough man jailed for terrorism offences

Mohammed Tahir, 20, from Peterborough, has been jailed along with two other men after they were found with Islamic terrorism-related material.
Custody photo of Mohammed Tahir
Mohammed Tahir pleaded guilty to disseminating a terrorist publication. Photo: Ersou

The three men  - Tahir, Muhammed Saeed, 23, of Manchester and Mohamed Ismail, 23, of north London - have been jailed for a combined 14 years following an investigation by counter terrorism officers at the Met and partner forces. 

They were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday, May 20, after pleading guilty to terrorism offences at earlier court hearings. 

Between August and December 2019, they spoke to each other on chat groups, sharing messages which police have said showed their Islamic extremist mindsets, it was noted that the three had never met in person. 

Following months of investigations, they were arrested as part of a planned operation led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command. 

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: "These three young men created chat groups so they could talk about their hatred for others, and their desire to see violent atrocities committed in the UK and the West.

"Tahir and Ismail shared illegal terrorism-related documents and material online, and they were all arrested after proactive policework by officers and staff across the Counter Terrorism Policing network.

"Police and the security services work around the clock to protect the public against people who hold extremist beliefs and wish harm on innocent people.

"Cases like this demonstrate the importance of taking steps to prevent people becoming radicalised. I urge anyone who is concerned that someone they know is potentially at risk of radicalisation to call the Prevent helpline, to access specialist assistance help them take a different path."

Detective Superintendent Andy Waldie, head of Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU)’s Counter Terrorism Policing unit, said: "Our teams work tirelessly to ensure those with warped, extremist views are stopped and put before the courts.

"It’s clear that these men presented a real threat to our communities and I’m grateful for the extensive work of our talented teams at ERSOU and colleagues across the counter terrorism policing network for their role in ensuring this group were not able to cause any further harm."

Through their group chats, the three men expressed their support of the aims of Daesh, and of violent jihad against "non-believers".

They posted extremist material - Daesh propaganda material, including execution videos and publications showing different ways to commit terror attacks.

In one conversation, Saeed spoke about carrying out a terrorist attack in London with a knife.

The three men were arrested on December 30 2019 during a planned operation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, with support from Counter Terrorism Police North West (CTPNW) and Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Their phones were taken and analysed, with violent extremist material found on each device, which saw the men charged on January 12, 2020. 

Saeed pleaded guilty on June 19 2020 at Kingston Crown Court to five counts of possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that the possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 57(1) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000. He was jailed for five years.

Ismail, a Dutch national, pleaded guilty on October 16 2020 to two counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006. He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

Tahir pleaded guilty to one count of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006, at Kingston Crown Court on November 27 2020. He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

TER026-2021 Tahir Saeed Ismail montageTahir, Saeed and Ismail have been jailed. By Met Police

 

If you are worried that someone you know is being radicalised, visit www.actearly.uk or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence.