Sheffield Man Sentenced for Preparing for an Act of Terrorism

A 22 year old man from Sheffield has this afternoon (Monday November 6, 2017) been sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment for a terrorism offence.Khalil Maher

Khalil Maher (30/10/95) of Wilfred Close in Darnall, Sheffield, pleaded guilty this morning, on week two of his trial at Leeds Crown Court.

An intelligence led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East led to his arrest on April 18, 2017 as he attempted to leave the UK to travel to Syria. A week later Maher was charged with Engaging in the Preparation of an Act of Terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson is the Head of Investigations for Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said:

“Khalil Maher had planned to follow his friends to fight in Syria. Despite his attempts to hide this from his family and the police he was unsuccessful and was arrested and detained in the departure lounge at Heathrow Airport, just two hours before he was due to board a flight to Istanbul.

“Maher had gone to great lengths to conceal the purpose and planning of his trip. We believe he was coached by those who had travelled before him on how to prepare for the journey, how to avoid detection and how to act if he was stopped. Nevertheless, these precautions were not enough to prevent his arrest and prosecution.

“Today, in the face of the weight of the evidence against him, Maher has pleaded guilty to preparing to become involved in terrorism by travelling to Syria to join the conflict.”

During the course of the investigation officers recovered a wealth of material from Maher’s mobiles phones, including Daesh propaganda and material which demonstrated support for violent Jihad.






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