Man jailed for three years for selling terrorists’ handbook

Terence Brown is jailed for three years
Terence Brown is jailed for three years
Portsmouth Crown Court

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A MAN who published a “terrorists’ handbook” that included information about how to make bombs has been jailed for three years.

Terence Brown, 47, made CDs containing tens of thousands of pages of information at his home in Portsmouth.

Topics included ‘how to make a letter bomb’ and ‘how to enter countries illegally’.

In jailing him, Mr Justice William Blair said: ‘Your use of 7 July London bombings as a marketing tool was not just irresponsible but incredibly cynical

‘It must have crossed your mind that the information could have been used in other similar incidents here or in other countries.

‘But that in no way deterred you.’

The prosecution at Winchester Crown Court said the information, called the Anarchist Cookbook, could have been used by terrorists to plan and commit atrocities.

Brown denied the charges and told the jury during the three-week trial that he only did it to make money, that the information was freely available on the internet and that he had no sympathy with terrorists.

But he was found guilty by a jury of collecting and distributing material that could have led to attacks.

He was convicted of seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000, two counts of selling and distributing the information under the Terrorism Act 2006 and a further count under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard today how Brown had previously served two years after pleading guilty to three counts of selling counterfeit software worth up to £250,000 in 1999.

Imran Khan defending said Brown now realised how others would see his acts and ‘it was a misjudgement he bitterly regrets.’

But he added Brown was not a terrorist and he ‘did not have any religious, political or ideological motivations.

‘He was blinded by the money and his judgement obscured by the financial imperative,’ he said.

‘Having been convicted he has the label of terrorism on him. He will be stigmatised by that for the rest of his life.’

DCI Craig Dibdin, of Hampshire’s special branch, said: ‘This was a large~scale investigation aimed at disrupting terrorism~related activity within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

‘We are pleased with the conviction and sentence for these serious offences and would like to reassure the general public that Hampshire Constabulary is committed to tackling any reports of activity related to any form of terrorism within our two counties.’