Man jailed for possession of terrorist training documents

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LONDON: A man has been jailed for 15 months for terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. On Thursday, 14 March, at the Old Bailey, Abdirahman Abdullahi Mohamed, 42 (30.09.76) of north-west London was found guilty of eight counts of possession of documents containing information useful for terrorist purposes, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000. 

According to Met police, on Thursday, 18 April, he received fifteen months’ imprisonment for each offence, to run concurrently. On 20 December, 2017, Mohamed was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. Detectives searched his home address in north-west London and seized various items including two laptops, a smartphone and a memory stick all belonging to him.

Detectives discovered that he had several terrorist-related documents and training instructions. When officers examined the devices they found a number of terrorist and extremist-related documents relating to terrorist groups including Daesh, Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab. In particular, they found publications which included details on how to carry out various types of terrorist attacks such as knife, arson and vehicle attacks. 

When questioned as to why he had the documents, Mohamed, who is a Somali national, claimed that he was simply interested in gaining a better understanding about terrorism in Somalia. But the amount of terrorist-related material and the extreme nature of the documents he had collated belied Mohamed’s account. He was subsequently charged in April 2018 and following a trial, convicted of the above offences. 

Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Mohamed tried to make out he merely had an interest in finding out more about the conflict in Somalia. However, it was clear that this was much more than just a passing interest. The documents he had were dangerous terrorist documents, which could be used by someone to help plan and execute an attack. Thanks to the excellent investigative work of my officers, Mohamed is now facing a custodial sentence.”