Birmingham man guilty of terrorism offences

A 35-year-old Birmingham man has been found guilty of terrorism offences today (Friday 16 June) at the Central Criminal Court in London.

Awat Hamasalih, from Finchley Road, Kingstanding, was convicted of being a member of a proscribed organisation (Daesh) and being in possession of articles connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

He was in possession of Daesh material on several devices, had posted on social media in support of Daesh and had documents also in support of Daesh. Hamasalih also had contact with an individual believed to be a Daesh commander and was communicating information on an attack on Mosul.

On arrest, detectives also found a spreadsheet containing the personnel details of infantry soldiers of the Peshmerga

He was arrested on 17 November 2016 from his home address as part of a pre-planned and intelligence-led operation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU).

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, who heads WMCTU, said: “On social media, Hamasalih claimed to be an ISIS recruiter and claimed he was able to help people with aspirations to travel to Syria.

“WMCTU will continue to protect local communities by working with partners and the CPS to pursue and prosecute all those who show support for illegal organisations such as so-called Daesh or who seek to spread hate and terror.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321. The public can also anonymously refer terrorist internet-based content to the Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit at www.direct.gov.uk/reportingonlineterrorism

Anyone who knows of someone who may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones should contact local police for advice and support on 101.

Hamasalih will be sentenced on 30 June.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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