[A] man has been jailed for preparing an act of terrorism after acting as a communications conduit for a group of men who travelled abroad to commit acts of terrorism.
Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Farah (23/12/95) of South Grove, Fallowfield, was found guilty of two counts of preparing an act of terrorism on Thursday 11 February 2016 at a trial held at the Old Bailey.
Today, Friday 26 August 2016, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
In 2013, a group of close friends travelled abroad to engage in acts of terrorism with one to Somalia and the others to Syria.
Whilst the men were abroad, student Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Farah acted as a communications conduit between the group by providing them with new contact numbers, keeping tabs on their progress and passing on updates.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit said: “Jama was very much a key part of the communication between this group of friends who had gone abroad with the intention of committing acts of terrorism.
“By regularly providing them with new contact details and updates on each other he supported their efforts to evade authorities and continue their extremist lifestyles.
“Although he may not have been there committing these acts himself, his actions helped facilitate what they were doing and I hope today’s sentencing will send a message to all those who are even considering offering a helping hand to terrorists.”