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British man jailed for encouraging acts of terrorism in Bangladesh

  • Published at 05:04 pm March 23rd, 2021
Munna Hamza
Munna Hamza, 50, A south Londoner sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for encouraging acts of terrorism in Bangladesh The Met

He was charged in 2019 with four counts of encouraging terrorism

A man from south of London has been jailed for posting several messages on social media encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism in Bangladesh, following an investigation by the Metropolitan’s Counter Terrorism Command, reports Asian Express.

Munna Hamza, 50, was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment on Friday after being convicted of three counts of encouraging terrorism contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Woolwich Crown Court. He will have to spend an additional year on licence when he is released.

Hamza was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Command after his social media messages encouraging acts of terrorism against Bangladesh government were reported to police in 2018. The officers seized his computer, phones and memory sticks for forensic examination. 

Following a thorough investigation, counter terrorism officers identified five posts of concern. In his posts, Hamza urged people to commit serious acts of violence against the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government.

The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit later assessed the posts and found they were likely to be in breach of UK terrorism legislation.

He was charged in 2019 with four counts of encouraging terrorism.

According to Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, he was convicted for three posts he made between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015, one on 3 May 2018 and one on 16 May 2018. He was found not guilty of one other count of encouraging terrorism contrary to section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act 2006, which related to a post he made on 24 June 2018.

Commander Richard Smith, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command praised the member of the public for reporting Hamza’s social media posts to the police. 

“I praise the member of the public for alerting us to Hamza’s harmful, extremist posts. As a result, we were able to prevent him from publishing further incitements of violence and terror which could have had devastating consequences,” He said in a statement. 

“I hope this case sends a message that we will seek to prosecute anyone who seeks to instigate acts of serious violence by posting extremist messages.”

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