- Metropolitan Police
A British man who used nearly two dozen Twitter and Instagram accounts to share pro-ISIS messages and images has been jailed for two years for promoting terrorism.
Shafi Mohammed Saleem, from East London, posted numerous messages promoting the terrorist group between 2016 and 2017 , and was arrested in April 2017. He pleaded guilty in November 2017 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
At the 28-year-old’s home, detectives from the Metropolitan Police found devices containing videos of Osama Bin Laden and ISIS militants, articles from terrorist magazines, and a photo of him posing holding what appears to be a handgun, the police force said on Wednesday.
He had more than 20 social media accounts, and his tweets included an image of two “zombie knives” (a type of weapon that is illegal in the UK) with the word “itching,” and another of a man holding them with the caption “dip dip dip” – apparently meaning “to stab.”
In a statement, Commander Dean Haydon of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said: “I cannot underplay the importance of bringing before the courts people who tweet subversive messages promoting Daesh. Every tweet has the potential to radicalise vulnerable people.”
“Arresting and bringing to justice people who send messages like Saleem did is just one of the ways that counter terrorism officers nationally are tackling the threat from terrorist propaganda online. The national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit also scours the internet daily for material like this and by working with hundreds of social media platforms globally, it has ensured the removal of more than 300,000 terrorist and extremist posts in the past seven years.”