UK teenager of Bangladeshi origin jailed over plan to join IS
A UK-born IT student of Bangladeshi origin was on Tuesday jailed for three years and four months for plotting to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State terrorists.
London: A UK-born IT student of Bangladeshi origin was on Tuesday jailed for three years and four months for plotting to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State terrorists.
Syed Choudhury, 19, who moved to Cardiff in Wales from West Yorkshire to study, worked in a fast food restaurant to save money to travel to Syria but was arrested before he could leave.
Jailing Choudhury for preparing acts of terrorism, Judge Peter Rook accepted he had been immature and "impressionable to indoctrination".
The court heard the boy had been radicalised by people he regarded as elders after he left home to study in Cardiff.
His extreme views were known when he ranted to officers about Sharia law, saying he wanted to be the one to bring it to the UK while in custody.
Judge Rook said: "The bluntness of what you said on that occasion is chilling. It reveals your dangerousness. However, I do accept you are immature. You are impressionable to indoctrination."
Choudhury will spend half his sentence in a young offenders institution and in line with new legislation, he would have an extra year on license.
Choudhury's extreme religious views first surfaced in 2012 when he began a course in business administration, IT, key skills and car mechanics at Cardiff and Vale College.
He was heard to say "gay people should be killed and they would go to hell".
As part of an IT project, he made a poster reading 'Islam Will Dominate The World - Freedom Can Go To Hell'.
The court heard Choudhury had an unhappy start in life.
His mother was a British citizen and his father was Bangladeshi and had never lived in the UK.
When his mother abandoned him days after his birth, he was brought up by relatives in Bradford.
After the sentencing, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland, of South Wales police, said: "We welcome today's sentence, which sends a clear message that those who show support for a terrorist organisation, and plan to further this through becoming involved in terrorist acts, will be brought to justice."
Choudhury throughout interview openly expressed his support for the Islamic State and even went as far that he would travel to Syria to fight for the cause.