Siddique found guilty

Mohammed Atif Siddique was found guilty on Monday of three "terrorism" offences. The jury at Glasgow's High Court took over 8 hours to reach their verdict after a trial lasting almost 4 weeks.

The verdict

  • He was found guilty on a majority verdict of the most serious charge: possessing CDs and videos that gave rise to a suspicion he had them for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of a terrorist act.
    Between 1 March, 2003, and 13 April, 2006, you did possess articles which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that your possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, namely computers, computer files, video files, pictures and sound files and other files... a number of CDs and floppy discs containing computer files ... depicting amongst other things terrorist propaganda, instructions and information on making bombs.
  • He was also found guilty by a majority verdict of a breach of the peace charge.
    On various occasions between 1 September, 2003, and 30 September, 2005, at Glasgow Metropolitan College, Glasgow, you did conduct yourself in a disorderly manner and did show to various students there images of suicide bombers and images of the murder and beheading of persons by terrorists, threaten to become a suicide bomber and carry out acts of terrorism in Glasgow or elsewhere.
  • He was unanimously found guilty of setting up websites with links to terrorist publications which showed how to use weapons and make bombs.
    On 13 April, 2006, you did distribute or circulate terrorist publications by means of websites set up by you.
  • He was also unanimously found guilty of distributing terrorist publications via links on a website.
    On 13 April, 2006, you did distribute or circulate terrorist publications by means of websites set up by you.

Comment

  • SACC - a traversty of justice from start to finish. SACC Press Release
  • Aamer Anwar (solicitor for Mohammed Atif Siddique)
    Mohammed Atif Siddique was found guilty of doing what millions of young people do every day - looking for answers on the internet. This verdict is a tragedy for justice and for freedom of speech and undermines the values that separate us from the terrorists, the very values we should be fighting to protect. The prosecution was driven by the state, with no limit to the money and resources used to secure a conviction in this case, carried out in an atmosphere of hostility after the Glasgow Airport attack and ending on the anniversary of 9/11. In the end, Atif Siddique did not receive a fair trial and we will be considering an appeal.
  • Maureen Brown (assistant chief constable of Central Scotland Police)
    We will not tolerate terrorism in any form, including the possession of materials which would be useful to someone wanting to commit an act of terrorism or to induce or encourage someone to take such a course of action

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