Michel Massih QC and Zarif Khan act in terrorist plot trial

12 January 2018

Further to a trial upon which reporting restrictions have just been lifted, four teenagers face jail for preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Michel Massih QC and Zarif Khan represented one of the defendants Ahmedeltigani Alsyed, who along with his brother Yusef and two others contacted a terrorist fixer, bought tickets to travel to Turkey and packed camping gear and two kitchen knives ready for the trip on Valentine's Day last year. The four of them chatted on encrypted messaging app Telegram, under a group called 'Peace', about how to join the terrorist group throughout 2016.

One of the gang was reported to the authorities by a close friend as he prepared to leave the UK, the court heard. His school mate of six years 'noted his increased interest in Islam in December 2016' when he asked about getting electronic visas to travel to Iran or Syria so he could 'practise his religion'. Ahmedeltigani Alsyed, and Yusuf Alsyed, of Feltham, Middlesex, admitted preparing acts of terrorism and disseminating terrorism publication. Judge Andrew Lees remanded the brothers in custody ahead of sentence on 9 March.

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