A 19-year-old caught at Stansted Airport with a guide to terrorism has been jailed for three and a half years for preparation of terrorist acts.
The Old Bailey heard how officers from Essex Police, assisting a Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command intelligence led operation, took Finnish national Cubeyda Hassan Jama from Thornton Heath off a flight to Bucharest on the afternoon of 4 February this year.
They searched him, finding a plethora of items in his rucksack, including a map of Turkey and its borders, protective clothing, torches, a solar powered charger and a first aid kit.
They also recovered a USB stick, later found to contain an instructional e-book detailing how to travel to Daesh in Syria, and listing various items needed for the journey – most of which Jama had on him at the time of his arrest at Stansted Airport.
The USB stick also contained copies of a Daesh propaganda magazine featuring articles that call for readers to travel to join Daesh and which glorify the violent actions of the terrorist organisation.
A file entitled “self-sacrifice” saved on the USB drive set out arguments attempting to legitimise suicide bombings and digital forensic specialists unearthed deleted video footage on Jama’s phone showing Daesh beheading prisoners.
A subsequent search of Jama’s home by Counter Terrorism Command officers uncovered more evidence including Jama’s notes for travelling to Syria and a handwritten oath of allegiance to Daesh.
Jama pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts at the Old Bailey on 24 June.