After a trial lasting 3 weeks Leo Seelig and Matthew Brook (of No. 5 Chambers) secured convictions yesterday on all counts against Mohammad Sabir for terrorist fundraising, entering into a terrorist funding arrangement and possession of articles for terrorist purposes. The defendant was in contact with a number of individuals expressing support for ISIS, one of whom was a member of an apparent terrorist cell in Syria. The defendant expressed a desire to support or become involved in violent jihad. He raised funds from his friends and transferred the money, in Bitcoin, to the individual in Syria. He possessed a number of pro-ISIS publications and a document entitled, “How to Become an Assassin.” He went on to ‘teach’ a course on violent jihad to an individual using Telegram, an encrypted communications app. The defendant was sentenced today at Manchester Crown Court to a total of 8 years imprisonment under the provisions relating to terrorist offenders of particular concern. Leo was instructed by the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division.
Press release: [CPS]