Brian Sims
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Bradford insurance clerk found guilty of terrorism offences

AN INSURANCE clerk from Bradford has been found guilty of nine terrorism offences, including entering funding arrangements, fundraising and possession of articles for terrorist purposes. Mohammad Owais Sabir was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and a one-year extended license.

Aged 26, Sabir was arrested in September last year and again on 22 February 2022 after the police service investigated his financial transactions.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) proved that conversations and financial transactions found on Sabir’s devices seized after the initial arrest showed that he was aiming to further the aims of Daesh by teaching the message to others.

Sabir also sent money to help free Daesh members and supporters from detention and expressed an ongoing desire to travel to ‘perform Hijra’ in the name of Daesh, but was not able to do so.

Nick Price, head of the Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division at the CPS, said: “Sabir willingly provided financial support to a terrorist regime and continually expressed his support and desire to travel in the name of Daesh. There’s no place for these extreme and dangerous views in our society and, after a thorough investigation, I’m pleased that we were able to prove to the presiding Jury that Sabir was guilty of these terrorism offences.”

Sabir often spoke to an individual who was based in Syria and who was aligned with Daesh. They spoke about fighting jihad for ISIS and Daesh. They also expressed concern that law enforcement may be monitoring their messages and attempted to disguise what they were talking about. The CPS argued this clearly showed that they knew full well what they were doing was illegal.

Also found on Sabir’s devices were a number of documents related to Islam, war and jihad. The contents of these documents were extreme in nature and contained information that would be useful to a person committing – or preparing to commit – an act of terrorism and help them survive in a war zone.

Nine offences detailed

Entering a funding arrangement

Between 5 November 2020 and 15 November 2020, Sabir entered (or became concerned) in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism. That’s contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Fundraising

Between 6 November 2020 and 15 November 2020, Sabir invited others to provide money or other property and intended that it should be used – or had reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used – for the purposes of terrorism, contrary to Section 15(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000

Entering a funding arrangement

Between 25 December 2020 and 30 December 2020, Sabir entered (or became concerned) in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism. This is contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Entering a funding arrangement

Between 24 January 2021 and 26 January 2021, Sabir entered (or became concerned in) an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism, contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Entering a funding arrangement

Between 17 February 2021 and 20 February 2021, Sabir entered (or became concerned in) an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism. This is contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Entering a funding arrangement

Between 20 May 2021 and 25 May 2021, Sabir entered (or became concerned in) an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism. That’s contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Possession for terrorist purposes

Between 9 December 2019 and 30 September 2021, Sabir possessed an article, namely an electronic copy of the ‘How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide’, in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that this possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Possession for terrorist purposes

Between 6 January 2020 and 30 September 2021, Sabir possessed an article, namely an electronic copy of ‘How to Become an Assassin’, in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. This is contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Possession for terrorist purposes

Between 8 December 2019 and 30 September 2021, Sabir possessed an article, namely an electronic copy of ‘Class Notes from the Security and Intelligence Course’, in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. This is contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000

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