Batley man pleads guilty to terrorism offences

Ghulam Hussain, 30 years, of Track Road, Batley, West Yorkshire has today, Monday April 24, pleaded guilty to 2 terrorism offences.

Following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, Hussain was arrested on November 2, 2016 and was charged on November 7 with 2 offences contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The investigation discovered that Hussain had made travel arrangements including purchasing airline tickets and had obtained credit cards fraudulently. Hussain disclosed to an undercover officer that his intention was to join Daesh (also known as ‘ISIS’, ‘ISIL’, ‘IS’) to fight in Syria and the money from the credit cards would fund this activity.

Hussain was also charged with providing money and advice to an undercover officer, the intention being to assist another to commit an act of terrorism.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of North East CTU (NE CTU), said: “This has been a detailed and thorough investigation, which has led to the defendant pleading guilty in light of the weight of evidence against him.

“This case highlights the way extremists reach out to each other and over a relatively short period of time can encourage others to commit offences; on this occasion to encourage a British citizen to travel to Syria to fight, train and live.

“We work hard to stop people becoming radicalised online and we rely on the public for information. We urge anyone who has concerns that a loved one may be being radicalised or wanting to travel to a conflict zone to contact us on 101.

“If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police, in confidence, on 0800 789 321, or visit www.gov.uk/ACT.

You can also report online content that concerns you or which you think could be illegal by visiting www.gov.uk/ACT

Hussain will be sentenced on Friday May 12 at Leeds Crown Court.


The North East Counter Terrorism Unit have charged a 30 year old man from Batley with terrorist offences.

Gulam (Ghulam) Meyar-Ul Idnan Hussain was arrested on Wednesday November 2, 2016 and a warrant of further detention was granted on Friday November 4.

The arrest was pre-planned as part of an intelligence led investigation.

He was charged yesterday evening (November 7, 2016) with 2 offences contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He remains in custody and he will appear at Westminster Magistrates today, Tuesday November 8.


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