Jihadist dad from Portsmouth jailed for four years

Mashudur Choudhury
Mashudur Choudhury
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A PORTSMOUTH dad-of-two who travelled to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp has been jailed for four years.

Mashudur Choudhury, 31, is the first person in the UK to be convicted of terror offences in connection with the Middle East conflict.

He was one of a group of six men from Portsmouth known to have gone to fight in Syria. Four of them have been killed.

Choudhury also faces 10 years of monitoring under terrorism legislation.

He was found guilty by a jury in May of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, having been arrested when he arrived back at Gatwick Airport from the trip in October last year.

During the two-week trial at Kingston Crown Court, the jury heard that Choudhury, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, used Skype to send messages to Ifthekar Jaman, of Hudson Road, Southsea, who is believed to have been killed fighting in Syria.

Jaman spoke and wrote publicly online about joining Islamic State

The jury was told Choudhury wrote a message to suggest that the group he was travelling with should be called the ‘Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys.’

The court also heard details of text messages sent between Choudhury and his wife.

In one message, she wrote: ‘Go die in battlefield. Go die, I really mean it just go. I’ll be relieved. At last. At last.’

Alison Morgan, prosecuting, told the jury: ‘The evidence clearly shows that this defendant planned for and then travelled to Syria with the intention of attending a training camp.

‘The training was to include the use of firearms and the purpose of fighting was to pursue a political, religious or ideological cause.

‘At times in his discussions with others the defendant described his intention to become a martyr.’