How dad used social media to share terrorist ideology

A ruined temple in Syria.

A ruined temple in Syria.

Mohammed Abdul Kahar has today been sentenced to five years imprisonment after been found guilty of offences under the Terrorism Act at Newcastle Crown Court.

Today’s verdict follows an investigation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) supported by Northumbria Police.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, head of the North East CTU, said: “It is clear from the evidence that has been presented that Kahar openly supports ISIS and their ideology and used an array of means to further spread the chilling words of this terrorist organisation.

“As the jury have concluded. Kahar was also willing to take this interest further demonstrating a clear desire to travel to Syria to fight. The evidence shows he took active steps in preparation of travel and reflecting his aim of going there to fight for a proscribed organisation.

“Kahar has never considered the consequences of sharing and glorifying the disturbing propaganda that terrorist groups publicise. He has used social media, a tool that most people use entirely legitimately, as a platform to share documentation that clearly encourages others to commit terrorist acts.

Key dates:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Mohammed Kahar is arrested by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria Police from his home address in Sunderland.

Kahar is arrested on suspicion of offences under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 Encouragement of Terrorism and Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 Dissemination of Terrorist Publications.

The arrest of Kahar followed an investigation into social media postings by five individual profiles. The profiles were been utilised for posting extreme material including material that encouraged violent action in Syria and the western world. A number of postings relating to the Islamic State had been posted together with Dabiq publications.

The five profiles were identified as been operated by Kahar.

Kahar was interviewed by officers and bailed pending further enquiries.

A number of phones were seized during searches following Kahar's arrest and a review of the content by the North East CTU Digital Investigations Team begun.

Monday, April 27, 2015 – Following the above review, Kahar was arrested for the following further offences; Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 Encouragement of Terrorism, Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 Dissemination of Terrorist Publications, Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 Preparation of Terrorist Acts and Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 Support a Proscribed Organisation.

Further interviews with Kahar took place.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Mohammed Abdul Kahar was charged with the following offences:

Five offences under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – Dissemination of Terrorist Publications

One offence under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – Preparation of Terrorist Acts

Two offences under Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – Support of a Proscribed Organisation

One offence under Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – Terrorist Financing

One offence under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – Possession of a Record

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Kahar appears before Westminster Magistrates charged with the above offences and was remanded in custody.

A further count under Section 12 has been added to the indictment at court and therefore Kahar stands trial for 11 offences.

Kahar has been found guilty of the following offences:

1 offence – Section 5 of the Terrorism Act – Preparation of Terrorist Acts

1 offence – Section 17 of the Terrorism Act – Terrorist Financing

3 offences – Section 12 of the Terrorism Act – Support of Proscribed Organisation

5 offences – Section 2 of the Terrorism Act – Dissemination of Terrorist Publications

The jury found Kahar not guilty of one offence under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act – Possession of a Record.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain added: “Today’s verdict I hope sends out a strong message that actions such as those carried out by Kahar will not be tolerated and ourselves, together with policing colleagues and other partner agencies, will bring those who are breaking the law to justice.

“It is also important to reiterate that our priority is the safety of our communities. We will bring those who have committed a criminal offence before the courts, however we would much prefer to stop people from crossing into a path of criminality.

“Through support from communities, and work with our partners, we can intervene at an early stage and steer people away from becoming involved in terrorist activities and provide tailored assistance through the Prevent Strategy and Channel Project.

“If you have concerns about a loved one then you can seek help either through your local police by calling 101 or through the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

“We want to prevent potential tragedies and we need the support of communities in doing this.”