Newham man jailed for encouraging terrorism

Shafi Mohammed Saleem. Picture: Met Police

Shafi Mohammed Saleem. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

A Newham man has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for “encouraging terrorism.”

Shafi Mohammed Saleem, 28, used more than 20 Twitter and Instagram accounts to distribute pro-Daesh messages between 2016 and 2017.

Saleem tweeted pictures of knives with the words “itching” and “dip dip dip,” which is slang for stab.

His laptop was found to have a picture of convicted terrorists Anjem Choudhary and Mizanur Rahman.

He also had copies of terrorist magazines, videos of Osama Bin Laden and Daesh militants.

Commander Dean Haydon, from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “I cannot underplay the importance of bringing before the courts people who tweet subversive messages promoting Daesh. Every tweet has the potential to radicalise vulnerable people.

“Arresting and bringing to justice people who send messages like Saleem did is just one of the ways that counter terrorism officers nationally are tackling the threat from terrorist propaganda online.

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“The national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit also scours the internet daily for material like this and by working with hundreds of social media platforms globally, it has ensured the removal of more than 300,000 terrorist and extremist posts in the past seven years.”