Terror trial: Jury sworn in over Sunderland man accused of 11 terrorism offences

Terror trial begins
Terror trial begins

A jury has been sworn in the trial of a man accused of terrorism offences.

Mohammed Kahar is facing charges of preparation of terrorist acts, funding terrorism, supporting Islamic State and disseminating terrorist publications which include the 'book of jihad'.

The 37-year-old, from Sunderland, denies a total of 11 offences and will be tried at Newcastle Crown Court.

On the first day of the hearing a jury panel was sworn but no evidence has been heard.

The case will resume on Thursday, and is due to last for two weeks.

Mrs Justice Andrews warned jurors not to discuss the case or carry out any personal research in relation to it.

The panel of 12 men and women were warned to abandon any preconceptions and approach the case as a "blank canvass ".

The charges Kahar, of Burnville Road, Sunderland, faces include preparation of terrorist acts, funding arrangement, support for a proscribed organisation, collection of information and dissemination of terrorist publications.

The offences are alleged to have been carried out between November 2013 and March 2015.

Kahar was remanded in custody.