Man admits to possession of terrorism recruitment DVDs

A MAN from West Yorkshire will next week become one of the first in the country to be sentenced for his involvement with publications glorifying terrorism.

Bilal Mohammed, 27, of Thrum Hall Close in Halifax, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court yesterday to possessing terrorist publications with a view to selling or distributing them between July 13, 2006 and January 24, 2007.

It is understood the items were for sale along with mainstream Islamic material at stalls he set up in the North and London.

The charge specifies that he and another man, Rizwan Mahmood Ditta, had in their possession DVDs and CDs including material which "glorified the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism", and which some people who saw or listened to it could reasonably be expected to infer was being done as conduct that should be emulated by them or was likely to directly or indirectly encourage or induce them to "commit, prepare for or instigate acts of terrorism".

Former language tutor Ditta, 29, was jailed for four years last December for other terrorism offences. The joint charge with Mohammed, recently brought in under Section 2 of the 2006 Terrorism Act, was left to lie on file.

Jonathan Sharp prosecuting said the material admitted by Mohammed involved "recruiting tools" glorifying terrorism.

He told Judge James Stewart QC that because it was the first case to be sentenced on the facts involved there was no case law to refer to.

Mohammed denied a further charge of possessing a record likely to be useful in terrorism contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The prosecution accepted his plea and the offence, which alleged he had data recorded on a computer hard drive and on DVDs and CDs containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, will be ordered to lie on file.

Judge Stewart remanded Mohammed in custody until sentencing.