Preacher of extreme Islamist ideology at city mosque is jailed

A Stoke-on-Trent man who preached extreme Islamist ideology at a mosque in the city has today (Sept 28) been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.

Kamran Hussain, aged 40, of Knightsbridge Way, Tunstall, was arrested as part of an intelligence-led operation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) on February 14.

Hussain was charged with eight terrorism offences; six counts of giving a sermon which would encourage individuals to commit, prepare or instigate acts of Terrorism under section 1 (2) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He was also charged with encouraging support for a proscribed organisation (Daesh) under section 12(3) Terrorism Act 2000.

He was found guilty on September 22 following a two-week trial at the Central Criminal Court in London.

Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of WMCTU, said: “Hussain was espousing hatred and violence as well as clearly demonstrating his support for Daesh through the content in his sermons.

“During this investigation we used covert methods to record these sermons and present it as evidence during the trial. We will continue to use every lawful technique and power available to us to tackle terrorism.”

Chief Superintendent for Local Policing for Staffordshire Police, Wayne Jones,  “We are pleased that Kamran Hussain, a man who has supported terrorism and promoted extremist views within Stoke-on-Trent, has been found guilty and will now serve a prison sentence.

“We and our partners are fully committed to working with local people to identify and target those individuals who would seek to instil hatred or fear into others. The actions of this man, who was supporting radical and violent extremist behaviour have no place in our society and we will be relentless in our efforts to keep you safe by taking action whenever we are provided with information about extremism.

“I would ask that you remain vigilant and act on your instincts. If you see or hear something that you think may be related to extremism of any kind call the police on confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.”

A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Our priority is to reassure and support anyone in the community who has been affected by, or who is worried by the events leading up to today’s sentencing.

“We will continue to work proactively with the community and schools, alongside the police and others in the coming weeks and months and we ask that anyone who has any concerns about this to please contact us on 01782 235100.”

Anyone who knows of someone who may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones should contact local police for advice and support on 101.

Further information is available on the national Prevent Tragedies website: www.preventtragedies.co.uk