BBC News – Syria conflict: First Briton convicted of terrorist offences

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A 31-year-old man from Portsmouth has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences in connection with the conflict in Syria.

Father-of-two Mashudur Choudhury was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

He had travelled to Syria last October to attend a terrorist training camp and was arrested at Gatwick Airport on his return to the UK later that month.

Choudhury had told the court he wanted to emigrate to avoid problems at home.

Prosecutors at the trial at Kingston Crown Court said Choudhury had wanted to be trained in the use of firearms and intended to pursue a “political, religious or ideological cause”.

They said Choudhury had left the UK on 8 October 2013, travelling on a commercial flight to Turkey alongside four other men from the Portsmouth area.

He later travelled on to Syria, although prosecutors said it was not known what he had done there.

20 May 2014 | 12:54 pm – Source:

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