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Man jailed for a series of terrorist offences in London

​A Cardiff man has been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for five terrorism offences at the Old Bailey.

By Jamie Fletcher | Published: 2nd May 2017 News Updates

The judge sentenced Samata Ullah from Cardiff to:·four years' imprisonment for membership of a proscribed organisation, namely ISIS; ·eight years, with a five year extension period, imprisonment a charge of terrorist training and a seperate charge of preparation for terrorism;

·six years' imprisonment for possession of an article - namely a USB cufflink - for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism;

·six years' imprisonment for possession of articles - namely a book about guided missiles and a PDF version of a book about advanced missile guidance and control - for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

All sentences will run concurrently.

The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command - supported by MI5, the National Digital Exploitation Service and the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) - launched an investigation into Ullah after receiving intelligence from the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Police.

Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police had arrested a man in Kenya on 29 April 2016 and analysed his electrical devices. The analysis showed he was in regular contact with someone of a similar extremist mindset and the pair had discussed developing the specialist skills to assist ISIS in their campaign of terror.

The Met and its partners worked together to establish that Ullah was the man communicating with the Kenyan suspect.

Upon arresting Ullah at his home on 22 September 2016, they seized around 200 pieces of evidence, including 150 digital devices. From these devices, they retrieved eight terabytes of data - equivalent to more than 2.2million copies of the War and Peace eBook.

Detective Superintendent Lee Porter - Head of WECTU said: "Ullah's activities came as a shock for those who knew him, including his family and the local community. His actions and desires do not represent the people of Cardiff or Wales who have repeatedly voiced and demonstrated their resilience to extremist views.

"The police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on information from you. Be our eyes and ears and help keep yourself, your family and your local community safe. Please visit the Action Counters Terrorism website www.gov.uk/ACT for more information on how you can help us."