UK: Muslim Council Worker Jailed After Being Found With 352 Discs Containing Terror Material And Beheading Footage
By JAYMI MCCANN, Mail Online – “A council worker who was found with 352 computer discs containing terrorist material, including footage of executions and the 9/11 attacks, was today jailed for two years.
London Borough of Hackney revenue officer Khalid Baqa, 48, also used his work computer to watch the footage and trawl Islamic websites.
He stashed the discs – which contained 26 hours of speeches by the hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki – in his car and his children’s bedroom.
One disk was found inside a laptop provided for him by the council, where he worked for 22 years before being sacked after his arrest..
Baqa, who work colleagues said underwent a transformation in 1996 by growing a long beard, wearing traditional Muslim dress and shunning everyone, said he was storing the discs for someone else.
London’s Old Bailey today heard the material contained footage of beheadings and executions, the explosions of improvised explosive devices, the last will and testament of one of the London bombers, footage of the 9/11 attacks and jihadi fighters in combat.
Sentencing Baqa, from Barking, east London, Judge Christopher Moss QC said: ‘It is quite clear to me – and you accept – that you well knew the generality of what these discs contained, namely encouragement of, and indeed instruction in, violent acts of terrorism.
‘It is from such material that those who are already radicalised or about to become so derive their knowledge, instruction and involvement in the ways of violent terrorism.
‘That is why it is so dangerous and that is why the courts must deal with it so severely.’
The father-of-six had pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications earlier this month.
A further seven offences of having material likely to be useful in terrorism were ordered to lie on file.” Read more.