UK teen faces jail for wanting to go kill gay people with ISIS

  | By Joe Morgan


He said he wanted to go to Syria and join the group of religious extremists

A 19-year-old who became influenced by religious extremists to believe gay people should be killed and join Islamic State is facing jail.

Syed Choudhury is believed to have become radicalised by older Muslims when he left his Bradford home to attend college in Cardiff.

He has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to preparing acts of terrorism.

At and after college, Choudhury started to become more open about believing in the work of the religious extremists.

As part of an IT project, he made a poster saying ‘Islam Will Dominate The World, Freedom Can Go To Hell’.

He also posted articles on Twitter and Facebook, agreeing gay people should be killed.

When Choudhury left college with few qualifications leaving him to work in a fast food restaurant, it appears he saved around £3,000 to carry out his wish of going to Syria.

He had googled ’10 reasons to join Isis’, ‘Jihadist Highway’ and ‘How To travel To Syria These Days’, according to the prosecutor.

Choudhury had moved to a bedsit, after living with an aunt and uncle, when he was arrested on 4 December.

During his police interview, he told officers he had not gone to Syria as he wanted to go with someone else. He also said he cared little for the UK and wanted to impose Sharia law.

His lawyer Abdul Iqbal said Choudhury admitted he was embarrassed by some of the things he said to police.

‘[The case] shows a lack of sophistication, some naivety and level of immaturity,’ Iqbal said.

‘There appears to be no attempt at all to disguise his involvement or insulate himself from detection.’

He also said how Choudhury had a hard start in life, abandoned by his parents and brought up by relatives in Bradford.

And that was why he was susceptible when ‘older men who he regarded as more learned than him’ had ‘plied him with extremist ideas’.

As reported by The Telegraph, judge Peter Rook said: ‘You have pleaded guilty to conducting preparation for acts of terrorism and it is quite clear that you wanted to travel to Syria to join Isis and the only reason you had not gone was you had not found anyone you trusted to travel with.

‘You must understand there is only one sentence I can impose. It must be a custodial sentence.’

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