Sunderland dad's terror-charges trial hears closing speeches

Mohammad Kahar is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Mohammad Kahar is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Lawyers in the trial of a dad facing terrorism charges have commenced their closing speeches to the jury.

Mohammed Kahar is accused of planning to flee to Syria as a result of his online conversations and postings, which claim he supported Islamic State extremists and wanted to fight

alongside them.

Prosecutors say his claim he was simply carrying out religious research is "ridiculous", but his barrister Toby Hedworth QC has said the prosecution "have got this case wrong ".

The 37-year-old married Muslim has told Newcastle Crown Court during his trial that his Internet activities were aimed at encouraging users to engage with him and help with his internal confusion.

The prosecution say his Internet dicussions "all point one way" and prove his support of Islamic state extremists.

Mrs Justice Andrews will sum up the case before the jury retires to consider it's verdicts.

Kahar, of Burnville Road, Sunderland, denies 11 terrorism offences including preparation of terrorist acts, funding arrangements, support for a proscribed organisation, collection of information and dissemination of terrorist publications.

He denies all charges and the trial continues.