Portsmouth father-of-two went to Syrian terrorist camp, court hears

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A MAN from Portsmouth travelled to Syria to join a terrorist training camp, a court has heard.

Mashudur Choudhury, 31, is accused of going to Syria to undertake training in terrorism on or before October 25.

Jurors at Kingston Crown Court heard Choudhury travelled to Syria with four other people from the Portsmouth area.

Alison Morgan, prosecuting, read out a number of messages between the defendant and Ifthekar Jaman, another man from the city who was killed in the conflict.

Ifthekar Jaman, 23, who worked for Sky in Portsmouth, participated in the fighting in Syria.

He died while out there in December last year.

The defendant wrote a message to suggest the group he was travelling with should be called the ‘Britani brigade Bangladeshi bad boys’.

Jaman replied: ‘Lol sounds long.’

Ms Morgan told the jury at Kingston Crown Court, in south-west London: ‘The prosecution alleges in this case the evidence clearly shows 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.’

Ms Morgan told the court about 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.’

Father-of-two Choudhury, of Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth, wore a white shirt and grey trousers as he sat in the dock while the prosecutor opened the case against him.

He denies one charge of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

Last month, counter terrorism police searched a house in Hudson Road, Somers Town, as part of an international investigation.

The home was linked to Mr Jaman.

The trial is expected to last around two weeks.