First person in UK convicted for Syria-related terror charges

A British Muslim has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terror offences in connection with the conflict in Syria.

AFP| Updated: May 21, 2014, 00:48 AM IST

London: A British Muslim has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terror offences in connection with the conflict in Syria.

Mashudur Choudhury was convicted of engaging in preparation of terror acts.

A British court was told that he had travelled to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp and was arrested at Gatwick Airport on his return to the UK.
Choudhury told the court he wanted to emigrate to avoid problems at home.

Prosecutors at his trial at Kingston Crown Court said Choudhury wanted to be trained in the use of firearms and intended to pursue a "political, religious or ideological cause" and?discussed his wish to become a "martyr".

Choudhury, a 31-year-old father of two, is due to be sentenced on June 13 and has been warned that he faces a substantial sentence.
Earlier this month, the EU`s anti-terror chief had warned that hundreds of Europeans were now fighting with rebel forces in Syria against Bashar al-Assad`s regime.

In March, British police arrested four people on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences.