Businessman faces jail over terrorists’ cookbook

Terence Brown is jailed for three years
Terence Brown is jailed for three years
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A BUSINESSMAN from Portsmouth has been told he faces a lengthy jail sentence after he was found guilty of selling a terrorist handbook with tips on bomb-making.

Terence Brown, 47, sold copies of a collection of documents known as The Anarchist Cookbook over the internet.

The jury of six men and six women took just under four hours to reach verdicts on 10 charges under the Terrorism Act at Winchester Crown Court.

Mr Justice William Blair said: ‘I think it will be evident to everybody that a custodial sentence is inevitable and a custodial sentence of some length given the gravity of these offences.’

Brown made more than £44,000 after selling 2,000 copies of the book on computer CDs, at a price of $35 (about £22), to people in at least 32 countries around the world.

The prosecution alleged that the ‘cookbook’ contained information gathered from Al Qaeda and Mujahideen sources, collated to form a guide that could have been useful to terrorists.

Brown, of Whitworth Road, Copnor, denied seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism.

He was also charged with two charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication and another count of transferring criminal property.

He made thousands of pounds by producing and selling the CDs, the prosecution alleged, between 2002 and 2008.

The CD contained information about how to make explosives such as letter bombs, and details of what would be needed to make them.

It was said he had been doing this for many years, putting out different variations of his Anarchist Cookbook.

But Brown said he never believed any terrorists would use his guide.

He admitted that he was in debt and his motivation to make the book – published on CDs – was purely financial.

He said: ‘I never thought any terrorists would come and use my product or my website.

‘A terrorist wouldn’t trust me or my website. They don’t know me.’