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[GUILTY: Ali Abdillahi]
[GUILTY: Ali Abdillahi]

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Man pleads guilty to sharing terrorist material online

A man from north-east London has admitted to sending terrorist propaganda to people over an instant messaging app, following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

Ali Abdisalam Sheikh Abdillahi, 30 (02.02.91) shared the extremist material on a channel he created on the app in July 2020.

This material included recordings of an Islamist extremist preacher who advocates armed jihad, and two daesh propaganda videos showing executions and graphic violence.

He was arrested at his home address in north London in August 2020. His devices were recovered and analysed, and evidence of his having sent extremist content to others was discovered.

Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Extremist propaganda online is extremely harmful and is a means by which terrorist groups seek to radicalise people all over the world.

“Abdillahi sent videos and recordings glorifying extremist violence, to promote the hate-filled mindset he supported to others.

“COVID-19 restrictions were in force when the investigation was launched, but this did not stop officers acting quickly and building a strong case against Abdillahi.”

Abdillahi was arrested by officers at his home address on 7 August 2020. He was charged on 18 August 2020.

He admitted to five counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006, at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 November – the second day of his trial.

At an earlier hearing at the Old Bailey on 19 July 2021, Abdillahi also admitted to perverting the course of justice, and fraud – these charges, brought against him in May 2021, related to a fraudulent university degree certificate used to gain employment, and to unsuccessfully apply for bail for the terrorism charges.

He will be sentenced for all of the offences on 16 December. The court for the sentencing hearing is to be confirmed.

+ Communities defeat terrorism, and information from the public is vital to counter terrorism investigations. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious and think someone may be engaging in terrorist activity, trust your instincts and act by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, dial 999.

Visit the ACT Early website at www.actearly.uk to find out how you can seek help and support for anyone who you suspect may be being radicalised.

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