TWO brothers have been found guilty of terrorism offences linked to Syria.
Tuhin Shahensha, 26 and Mustakim Jaman 23, both of Hudson Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth, were found guilty under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 relating to the preparation of terrorist acts at Kingston Crown Court.
The pair are the brothers of Ifthekar Jaman, 23, from Hudson Road, Somers Town, who died fighting with Isil in Syria after travelling to the country in 2013.
Shahensha and Jaman were convicted after a trial following an investigation by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.
The court heard both Shahensha and Jaman provided assistance to others to travel to Syria and made their bank accounts available to facilitate the transfer of money for terrorist purposes.
Shahensha bought equipment and clothing and made plans to travel to Syria and engage in acts of terrorism, the court heard.
It was clear that Shahensha and Jaman had intentions to travel to Syria to fight for a proscribed organisationDetective Chief Superintendent Richard Humphrey
The men were arrested in October last year by SECTU officers.
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Humphrey, head of SECTU, said: ‘It was clear that Shahensha and Jaman had intentions to travel to Syria to fight for a proscribed organisation.
‘At no point did Shahensha or Jaman plan to attack the UK, however due to the intention of travelling to Syria and the potential of radicalisation taking place, we needed to intervene.
‘Terrorism and support of terrorism is not acceptable in any form. Anyone who has intentions of travelling to a conflict zone to commit terrorist acts will be investigated thoroughly.
‘We hope this shows that we continue to work tirelessly to tackle the threat posed by terrorism.’
Following the convictions Portsmouth district commander Superintendent Will Schofield said teams in Portsmouth are working with people vulnerable to being radicalised.
He said: ‘We have specialist officers who work very closely within our community to implement the national Prevent programme along with Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
‘Our aim is to support those who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and to help prevent people from travelling overseas to become involved in conflict and terrorist activity.
‘Work continues with our partners to protect our residents and we always encourage anyone with concerns to make contact with us.’
The men have not yet been sentenced.