THE jail sentences of two Portsmouth brothers who were caught plotting terrorist acts have been welcomed.
Tuhin Shahensha, 26, and Mustakim Jaman, 23, both of Hudson Road, Somers Town, were convicted at Kingston Crown Court and jailed for six years each.
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 (SECTU).
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.
The men were arrested in October last year by SECTU officers. An Isis flag was found in their Somers Town home during a police raid.
Shahensha was sentenced to six years for preparing terrorist acts and six years for preparing to travel. The sentences will run concurrently.
Jaman was sentenced to six years for preparing terrorist acts. He will serve two months concurrently for possessing an electronic device in prison.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, told The News: ‘A large amount of effort has gone into the convictions of these two people.
‘Special thanks must be paid to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit and to Hampshire Police and all the agencies involved in the detection of the individuals who are potentially putting the lives of the public at risk and their own lives through acts of terrorism.
‘I’m pleased that the sentences have been passed and the sentences are of a sufficient time to ensure these two very dangerous people are off the streets of Portsmouth and the UK for six years.
‘It sends a clear message to anyone in the UK considering taking part in any act of terrorism or considering travelling to Syria that they will be found and they will be sentenced for a substantially long period.’
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Humphrey, head of SECTU, said: ‘I hope this sends out a strong message to anyone considering engaging in terrorist activity.’