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Man pleads guilty to preparing acts of terrorism

News   •   May 10, 2017 14:10 BST

[Shamim Ahmed pleaded guilty]

A man has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to preparing acts of terrorism.

Shamim Ahmed, 24 (01.03.93) of Stepney has today, Wednesday, 10 May, pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism.

On 11 January 2016, Ahmed flew from London Gatwick to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, Ahmed checked into a hotel, paying for five nights' accommodation but the following day, Ahmed booked a ticket for a flight from Istanbul to Gaziantep, by the Syrian border - he travelled there on 13 January 2016.

The following day, Ahmed left Gaziantep and at about 10:45hrs was detained at Oncupinar Border Crossing by the Turkish authorities. Two days later, the Turkish Authorities deported Ahmed back to the United Kingdom where he was met by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command - he was arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism and subsequently charged.

Commander Dean Haydon, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: "By pleading guilty Ahmed has admitted his intention was to join ISIS, a terrorist organisation, at a time when there was no doubt of the atrocities that they were committing. That makes him a very dangerous individual."

Ahmed will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 14 June.