Terror cops found clip of hostage beheading

Terror cops found clip of hostage beheading

AN audio clip of a notorious beheading was found at premises owned by a Dewsbury man convicted of a terror offence.

The file featuring Ken Bigley, the British hostage who was killed in Iraq in 2004, was discovered in a police search. It was stored on a computer hard drive at a business owned by Adeel Amjad – but the discovery could not be disclosed until now.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court was not told of its existence as other people also had access to the premises, so it could not be linked to Amjad.

Details were only given when Amjad appeared for sentencing on another matter last week.

Amjad, 35, of Headfield Road, was convicted in October of having material likely to be useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Police found hand-written notes called ‘Commander of Mujahideen’ when they raided his home on November 5, 2013. Prosecutors said it was a terrorist training manual – but Amjad claimed it was for fitness purposes.

At his trial, he insisted he copied the details from a friend because he wanted to lose weight.

Further searches found the audio of Ken Bigley’s beheading and video of Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary.

Also found were documents called 44 Ways To Commit Jihad and anti-western rap songs.

Barrister Peter Crampin, mitigating, said the fitness instructions lay forgotten in the bottom of Amjad’s wardrobe for five years.

He said Amjad was a hard-working, devoted, family man with three children who had organised an aid convoy of 20 lorries for Syrian refugees.

Mr Crampin added that Amjad – who has run a jewellery business in Dewsbury for 17 years and also has a hotel in Leeds – “is not someone without a social conscience”.

Amjad was given a 12-month prison term suspended for two years for the ‘Commander of Mujahideen’ notes.

He was also told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and take part in a 30-day activity programme.

Judge Peter Collier QC accepted that Amjad had the notes for a weight-loss routine.

But he added: “It is clear from what else was found... that you opened your mind, your home and your business premises to those who promote terrorism.”

Det Chief Supt Clive Wain, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, welcomed the sentence.

He said: “Adeel Amjad was found to be in possession of literature that is designed to influence the reader to support terrorism.

“This is a serious offence. We hope the sentence sends out a clear message that anyone caught having this type of material in their possession can expect to be brought before the courts.”

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