Counter-Terrorism Police are asking members of the public to remain vigilant at all times and always report anything that is seen to be suspicious after the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), Counter-Terrorism Police North-East (CTPNE) and North-West (CTPNW) disrupted an Islamist propaganda website distributing propaganda for Daesh.
Police have managed to make two arrests and hope to bring the website to its demise after arresting its two main administrators and contributors, 38-year-old Mohammed Abdul Ahad, from north London, and 31-year-old Muhammad Abdur Raheem Kamali, from Rochdale, Manchester.
Both men are set to be sentenced on the 7th February 2020 following their convictions in December 2019. The pair recorded and transcribed extremist speeches and then upload them to their website. A significant number of these videos and speeches glorified terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS and encouraged both the support and acts of terrorism.
The duo came to the attention of police in 2016 when CTPNE investigated a 20-year-old woman “who shared terrorism-related documents on the website and on a linked Facebook page (she was convicted in 2017 for dissemination of a terrorist publication).”
During an investigation, it was revealed that Ahad and Kamali were administrators who had edited and published a number of these and other documents on the website.
Working in collaboration, the Met’s CTC and CTPNW led investigations into both men. They were simultaneously arrested on 1 March 2017 in a coordinated operation.
The men were interviewed by police and realised on bail pending further enquiries, a search of the men’s home addresses revealed and recovered a number of digital media devices which identified that Ahad and Kamali had been the website administrators.
On 21 June 2018, Ahad was further arrested for possession of an article from a terrorism propaganda magazine which gave instructions on how to assemble an AK47 automatic rifle. Again he gave a no-comment interview and was released on bail.
On 10 July 2018, Ahad was charged with four counts of Section 2 Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 (dissemination of a terrorist publication) and one count of Section 58 TACT 2000 (possess a document or record likely to be of use to a terrorist).
On 9 August 2018, Kamali was charged with seven counts of Section 2 of TACT 2006 (dissemination of a terrorist publication).
Following a trial, Ahad was convicted on 10 December 2019 on all the counts of terrorism for which he was charged. Kamali was convicted on the same day of four counts of dissemination of terrorist publications on the internet. The jury could not reach a verdict for the other three counts.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The Met works with other police forces and security services to provide a counter-terrorism network, both at home and abroad, whose strength and effect is continually felt by those who conspire to commit acts of violence and terror.
“The capture and conviction of these two peddlers of harmful, extremist material was as a direct consequence of that network. We quickly identified the two offenders in different parts of the UK as online publishers of toxic ideologies which promoted terrorism and encouraged its readership to join Daesh in Syria.
“We take the dissemination of this type of material incredibly seriously and we will prosecute anyone involved in such illegal activity.
“Police rely on information from the public and I would remind everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police, whether that be online or in the real world.”
Detective Superintendent Will Chatterton, head of investigations at Counter Terrorism Police North West, said: “This is a culmination of hard work and dedication across several Counter Terrorism Policing teams, all based in different parts of the country. I hope this reassures the public that we are unified in our approach to tackling this form of hatred and remain absolutely committed to putting a stop to the incitement of violence and terror in all of its abhorrent forms.
“I hope this sends a clear message to those thinking about engaging in such warped, criminal behaviour whilst hiding behind a computer screen – we will identify you, we will find you and ultimately, we will bring you to justice.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that they are often one of our biggest advantages in combating the threat of terror. So, if something doesn’t seem quite right, please get in touch with us – communities defeat terrorism.”
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