Man guilty of terrorism offence

Adeel Amjad,35, from Dewsbury has been given a suspended sentence.
Adeel Amjad,35, from Dewsbury has been given a suspended sentence.

A jewellery shop owner has been given a suspended prison sentence after he was found guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act for making notes about Mujahideen training.

The notes titled Commander of Mujahideen were discovered in Adeel Amjad’s wardrobe in his bedroom during a police search of his home in Headfield Road, Savile Town, on November 5 2013.

Amjad who has run a jeweller’s shop in Dewsbury for 17 years, had denied the offence, claiming he made the notes, which included physical exercises because he was trying to lose weight.

Amjad was found guilty of the offence after a trial and appeared before Leeds Crown Court for sentencing.

The court heard how officers also discovered material from extremist preachers, including those convicted of terrorism offences, when they searched Amjad’s premises but the material could not be linked to him.

Prosecutor Brett Weaver said material included a document entitled ‘44 Ways to Commit Jihad’. There were also video files of preacher Anjem Choudray and an audio file of Briton Ken Bigley being beheaded in 2004.

The discovery was made in November 5, 2013, when police visited Amjad’s home “for an entirely unrelated and irrelevant matter”.

The notebook page headed Commander of Mujahideen listed in the top half of the page, the qualities of such a commander including being “ruthless like a bear and attacking like a wolf”.

On the lower half of the page it gave the exercise regime, such as carrying 20 kilogrammes for four hours and run three kilometres in no more than 13.5 minutes.

Mr Weaver described the offending as being at a low level.