Derby Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Preparing For Acts of Terrorism

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mudassir Hussain, 31 years, of Gladstone Street, Derby has today, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism at Sheffield Crown Court. 

He has been sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment and one year on licence. 

Hussain was arrested at Heathrow Airport in January 2017, following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit supported by Derbyshire Police. 

Hussain left the UK on January 6, 2017 travelling to Turkey. Police were alerted after Hussain’s family raised concerns about his welfare. The Turkish Authorities deported Hussain back to the United Kingdom where he was arrested and subsequently charged. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East CTU, said "By pleading guilty Hussain has admitted his intention was to take part in the conflict in Syria and was aware that he may be killed. 

"We were not aware of Hussain’s intentions prior to him travelling and therefore by the time we intervened he had already committed an offence. However by reporting their concerns Hussain’s family may well have saved lives, including his own. 

"We would continue to appeal to anyone who may have knowledge of people with similar intentions to help us prevent tragedies, by contacting police or our partner agencies as a matter of urgency. The earlier we can intervene to prevent them from engaging in terrorist activity, or to safeguard vulnerable people, the better. 

"If you know someone who is potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones, contact your local police for advice and support on 101." 

Further information is available on the national Prevent Tragedies website www.preventtragedies.co.uk

Superintendent Tracy Harrison of Derbyshire Police said: "I appreciate that news of this case may cause concerns among residents but it shows that we have a good relationship with our communities and between our communities.  

"I am reassured that people in Derby have the confidence to come forward and talk to us about concerns or suspicions they have. 

"We are here to support anyone who wants to speak to us about worries they may have about a friend, neighbour or family member."



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