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‘Online Terror’ Recruiters Get Sentenced In UK

From their spokesmen at Al Jazeera:

UK jails three for ‘online terror’

Three men accused of using the internet to urge violence against non-Muslims have been jailed in the first case of its kind in Britain.

Tariq Al-Daour, Younes Tsouli and Waseem Mughal tried to encourage people to follow the ideology of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, via emails and websites, Woolwich Crown Court was told on Thursday.

The court also heard the computer experts believed there was a global conspiracy against Islam.

Compact discs with instructions for making explosives and poisons were found among their possessions and documents showing how to use a rocket-propelled grenade and make booby traps and a suicide vest.

Films of hostages and beheadings were also discovered.

Moroccan-born Tsouli, 23, was jailed for 10 years; UAE-born Al-Daour, 21, received a six-and-a-half year sentence; and 24-year-old Mughal, who was born in Britain, was given seven-and-a-half years.

Sentencing them, judge Charles Openshaw said the men had engaged in “cyber jihad”, encouraging others to kill “kuffars” or non-believers…

In a separate court case in London, a web designer was convicted of inciting murder during a protest over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were published in a Danish newspaper.

Mizanur Rahman, 24, had called for British soldiers in Iraq to be “brought back in body bags” and for “9/11-style attacks” in Europe.

He was arrested after making the remarks via a loudspeaker at a demonstration outside the Danish embassy in London early last year.

Peter Wright, the prosecutor, said Rahman “incited or encouraged others to murder in the name of religion”.

Footage of the protest showed Rahman saying: “We want to see them coming home in body bags. We want to see their blood running in the streets of Baghdad.

“We want to see the mujahideen shoot down their planes the way we shoot down birds. We want to see their tanks burn in the way we burn their flags.”

He also had placards calling for the beheading of people who insulted Islam.  

I do like the way Al Jazeera has picked up on the BBC’s liberal use of editorial “quotation marks.” Such as ‘online terror.’ 

Of course that is not the only similarity between the two organs.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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