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Batley Woman Found Guilty of Terrorism Offence - Updated

Update - March 30, 2017

A 57 year old woman from Batley has today (March 27, 2017) received a suspended sentence for disseminating terrorist material. 

Earlier this month, the jury at Leeds Crown Court found Mary Kaya guilty on one count under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 - Dissemination of Terrorist Publications. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East CTU, said: "Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or encourage acts of terrorism." 

"We rely on the public for information and urge anyone who comes across extremist or terrorist material online to report it either online via www.gov.uk/ACT or by contacting the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321."

Update March 13, 2017

A jury has today, (Monday, March 13) found Mary Kaya, from Batley, guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act at Leeds Crown Court.

Kaya has been found guilty an offence contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – Dissemination of Terrorist Publications.

Today’s verdict follows an investigation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East CTU, said: “It is clear from the evidence presented that Kaya openly demonstrated support for Daesh (also known as “ISIL‟, “ISIS” and “IS‟) and their ideology by the posts made via her Twitter account.”

“The material posted included a message from Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi and a particular speech which glorified terrorism and encouraged listeners to carry out terrorist acts”

“Due to the vast reach and influence of social media, the implications of posting such material should not be underestimated; Daesh and other terrorist groups are continuing to use the online space to encourage support for their objectives and to provoke individuals to carry out attacks abroad and in the UK. Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or encourage acts of terrorism.”

“It is also vital that collectively we make every effort to stop people becoming radicalised online. We rely on the public for information and urge anyone who comes across extremist or terrorist material online to report it either online via www.gov.uk/ACT or by contacting the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321”

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Following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit a 56 year old woman from Batley has been charged with a terrorism offence.

Mary Kaya appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court today, August 9, 2016.

She has been charged with an offence of Disseminating Terrorist Publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Kaya was arrested on October 21, 2015 as part of a pre-planned operation led by the North East CTU.

Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
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