Man from Birmingham convicted of terrorist offences after posting extreme material online
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A man who sent extremist material online has been convicted of terrorism offences.
Rayan Saab, from Bloombury Walk, Nechells, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of four offences of disseminating extremist material between April 2019 and December 2020.
The 22-year-old was arrested in January this year by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU.
Several electronic devices were seized from his home and, following examination, extremist material was found on each device.
The material contained information to assist someone committing or preparing an act of terrorism. He was charged on January 26 with five counts of disseminating terrorist publications.
In October prior to his trial, he admitted one of the five charges – sending a terrorist publication via social media in March 2020.
He is due to be sentenced on January 7 next year.
Detective Chief Supt Kenny Bell, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “We cannot underestimate the dangerous nature of the propaganda material and the influence it can have, which is why it is so important to hold to account those who share these videos with others.
“Police and other agencies can offer support to help safeguard those who are vulnerable to radicalisers.
“The sooner we can intervene, the better chance we have of preventing people from becoming embroiled in the conflict and facing potential prosecution.”