July 18th, 2007 05:21 EST
U.K. Man jailed under Terrorism Act
Yassin Nassari has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for possession of material that would be useful to terrorists.
He was found guilty of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to Section 58 Terrorism Act 2000.
He was arrested by Met Counter-Terrorism officers in May 2006. Officers searched Nassari's luggage after he arrived from a flight from Amsterdam to Luton Airport. A computer hard-drive was seized and found to contain documents about martyrdom, weapons training and how to construct the Qassam artillery rocket - a home-made steel rocket used by terrorists in the Middle-East.
From the material held on the hard-drive - a viable rocket could be manufactured. Nassari' was then arrested at his home in Ealing under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Further evidence was found at his home including graphic and violent videos of terrorist attacks and beheadings; and files including documents entitled: "Preparing the fighter who is going for Jihad"; "Virtues of martyrdom in the path of Allah"; "Islamic ruling on permissibility of self-sacrificial operation - suicide or martyrdom?"
Analysis revealed that Nassari had communicated with other extremists via Internet chat-rooms. He exchanged views with other users, including Tariq al-Daour - who was jailed along with two other men in June 2007 for incitement to murder using the Internet (visit http://cms.met.police.uk/news/convictions/terrorism/trio_jailed_for_using_internet_to_incite_murder to read this news story).
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the MPS Counter Terrorism Command said:
"Nassari held the ideology, ability and determination to find and download material which would have been useful to terrorists. He communicated with other like-minded people and shared their interest in gruesome extremist material. He conducted research into how to construct and deploy weaponry commonly used by terrorists in the Middle-East.
"What he intended to do upon his return to the UK is unclear. However, it is possible that his research could have ended up in the hands of individuals or groups willing to put it into practice."