Friday, September 19, 2008
The youngest person in Britain to have been convicted under the Terrorism Act has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders' institution
Hammaad Munshi, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was 16 when he was arrested in 2006. Police found a guide to making napalm on his computer. Now 18, he was convicted of making a record of information likely to be used for terrorist purposes. The Old Bailey judge said he had been influenced by "fanatical extremists". Judge Timothy Pontius said: "There is no doubt that you knew what you were doing." During his trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, the jury heard that Munshi had spent many hours viewing jihadist websites and had downloaded guides to making napalm, detonators and explosives. Munshi was convicted alongside two other men, Aabid Khan and Sultan Muhammad.