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Woman jailed for possession of terrorist publication

December 6, 2012, 1:59 pm

A 22-year-old woman was jailed for 12 months today (Thursday 6 December) after detectives from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command uncovered terrorist material on an SD memory card.

Ruksana Begum [28.04.90 – 22 ys] is the sister of Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah who were jailed in February for plotting with others to blow up the London Stock Exchange, the Old Bailey heard.

She had two editions of Inspire magazine which included practical instructions and illustrations on how to use a handgun, how to construct a remote detonator for an explosive device, and how to ignite forest fires.

Met detectives recovered the SD memory card during a search of Begum’s home address on 5 July 2012.

The memory card was found in a handbag in her bedroom together with cash, personal items, identity documents and correspondence.

Also in the bag was a copy of the front page of a February edition of the South Wales Echo which covered the conviction of her brothers, aged 30 and 26.

Forensic examinations uncovered the two editions of Inspire stored as PDF files on the memory card.

The English language magazine is published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and encourages people to carry out attacks and also gives practical advice on how to carry out acts of terrorism.

It is this practical element which makes possession of the magazine a terrorist offence under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Begum was charged on 7 July and has been in custody throughout the proceedings.

She pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing material useful to terrorists, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. At the sentencing hearing the judge accepted mitigation that she downloaded the material to understand the context of her brothers’ convictions.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne Senior National Co-ordinator Counter Terrorism said:

“The public should be in no doubt that Inspire is a terrorist publication with the ultimate aim of encouraging attacks.

“Today’s sentencing reflects the fact that possessing a copy of a terrorist publication is a serious offence.

“Anyone caught in possession of this, or any other terrorist material can expect to be brought before the courts.”

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