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Woman sentenced for terrorism offences

Saria Hamid

A woman who collected extremist magazines on her phone has been sentenced for terrorism offences.

Today (Wednesday 27 November 2019) Saria Saugir Hamid (01/01/1980) of Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to 28 months imprisonment serving a minimum of 14 months .

Hamid was sentenced for five offences relating to the collection of terrorist information, likely to be useful to a person preparing for or committing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. She had already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Hamid was stopped by officers at Manchester Airport on Wednesday 18 July as she attempted to fly to Turkey with her family.

Specialist Counter Terrorism officers seized and reviewed Hamid’s mobile phone and found that she had downloaded numerous magazines providing instructions on planning terrorist attacks.

The magazines were published by the proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State and contained articles which encouraged the reader to engage in acts of terrorism.

Detective Superintendent William Chatterton, of Counter Terrorism Policing for the North West, said: “As terrorist propaganda can be used as a tool in the radicalisation of others, it is a real and serious threat which we remain committed to tackling.

“I hope this case shows that anyone found to possess or share any form of terrorist publications or propaganda can expect to be investigated and brought to justice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved for their support, co-operation and tireless efforts throughout the investigation, including the Crown Prosecution Service”.

To report any suspicious activity call police on 0800 789 321.

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