Hornchurch man convicted of making terror movies
A HORNCHURCH law student who created and then posted Islamic terrorist propaganda onto the internet was jailed for five years today.
Mohammed Gul, 23, of Elm Park Avenue, also made a compilation video on his laptop by editing footage of attacks on coalition soldiers together with logos of terrorist groups and extremist commentary.
Gul then used the family computer to put the clip on YouTube before posting links to it on an online chat room.
The former Coopers’ Company and Coburn schoolboy was found guilty of five counts of dissemination of terrorist publications following a retrial at the Old Bailey yesterday.
He transmitted terrorist publications which could have encouraged the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, the jury heard.
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Gul uploaded extremist videos to YouTube under four different accounts between March 2008 and February 2009, three of which were subsequently suspended by YouTube due to their content.
Footage included attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, the making nd detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), terrorist training camps, and footage of the 9/11 attacks in New York.
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Gul circled bodies falling out of wrecked vehicles, in one film and added Arabic scripture and chanting to others to promote terrorist ideology.
He was arrested at his home in February 2009, where officers found a large amount of extremist material, including footage of executions and martyrdom videos by suicide bombers.
Gul was studying law at Queen Mary University, east London, when he was arrested and has since graduated.
Deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Osborne, senior national co-ordinator in counter terrorism, said: “The videos posted on the internet by Gul were inflammatory and clearly had the potential to incite terrorism.
“The clips graphically showed acts of terrorism and the logos of known terrorist groups.
“This is one of the first successful prosecutions relating to disseminating terrorist publications via the internet and shows our commitment to tackling those who support and encourage terrorism whatever means they use.”