LONDON: A teenager has been sentenced for terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. Arbias Thaqi (09.12.1999) from east London was sentenced today, 5 June, at Stratford Youth Court to 18 months’ imprisonment and a five year criminal behaviour order.
Thaqi previously pleaded guilty to six counts of dissemination of terrorist material under section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006, and two counts of possession of documents of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism under section 58 TACT 2000.
The offences all relate to the sharing and possession of Daesh related material online. Thaqi was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in September 2017, after they suspected him of distributing Daesh-related material online.
Two phones and a computer were seized from his address and analysis of the devices found a large amount of terrorist-related material including chat logs, documents and videos. Detectives found Thaqi had saved various Daesh propaganda ‘magazines’, as well as bomb making manuals. They also discovered Thaqi was sharing some of the terrorist-related files and documents with others through encrypted apps. Thaqi was subsequently charged on 24 November 2017 with the above offences and he pleaded guilty to these on 16 February at West minster Youth Court.
Commander Clarke Jarrett, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said: “Thaqi was collecting an array of terrorist-related content and he was then passing this on to others.“It was important we intervened when we did to prevent him from further distributing this dangerous and harmful material – some of which included details on how to make explosive devices.“I’d encourage anyone who comes across this sort of content online, or who sees others sharing it to act and report it to us.” Any suspicious activity or terrorist-related content can be reported online via www.gov.uk/act or by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.