A Birmingham man has today (Friday 6 May) been jailed for possessing and sharing extremist material online.
Musa Muhammad, aged 30 from Dunsink Road, Witton, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to five years in prison after admitting to three offences of possessing and sending extremist videos at an earlier hearing in March.
Muhammed is also subject to a Part 4 order for 15 years which is issued to individuals convicted of terrorism offences and sentenced to at least 12 months’ imprisonment or detention. Individuals are required to notify police of any changes to their personal details (including their address), any stay at another address for seven days or more and also any intended foreign travel of three days or more prior to travel.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Payne, who leads Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU, said: “We cannot underestimate the dangerous nature of extremist propaganda and the influence it can have; which is why it is so important to hold to account those who share with others such social media posts.
“Communities defeat terrorism, and it remains vitally important that the public reports any suspicious activity to police. We can only succeed where we have the support of the public, and communities have shown time and time again that they are united in their rejection of those who wish to divide us, and spread hate in the name of extremism.”
Action Counters Terrorism. Anyone who sees or hears something they suspect is connected to terrorism is urged to trust their instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT. In emergency, always dial 999.