A man who viewed and shared extremist material on the internet has been jailed, 32-year-old Atiq Ahmed was found guilty of disseminating terrorist publications, under section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 at The Old Bailey Court. Ahmed was sentenced to two years and six months in prison on the 30th of October.
On Monday the 9th of March of this year police attended Ahmed’s home in relation to a domestic incident, whilst at the address family members disclosed that Ahmed had been viewing extremist material online.
Officers attempted to detain Ahmed whilst at his property but he became aggressive and began making threats towards the officers, saying that he will kill them. Ahmed was subsequently arrested for breaching the peace and making threats to kill. Police later searched the address and seized his phone and laptop, after examination hundreds of extremist files were found. Ahmed was arrested on S58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, it was later established that Ahmed had used social media to disseminate extremist files.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole from the North West Terrorism Unit said “From the material found on Ahmed’s laptop and phone it is clear that he is more than just curious about terrorism, but that he is in fact a supporter of Islamic extremism. Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that he engaged in any attack planning, he actively searched for extremist material on many occasions. He also propagated material through social media”.