Place of Birth: Sudan;
Nationality: Sudanese, British;
Yousif Alsyed is an Islamic State sympathiser who sent an encrypted message saying he wanted to “become a martyr” in Syria or Libya before his school raised the alarm.
Together with his older brother Ahmed, he was part of a group of at least five teenagers accused of supporting the Islamic State terrorist group.
Yousif, who admitted the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications, will be sentenced at a later date.
The brothers shared with each other gory videos and images glorifying the Islamic State as they had their hearts set on joining their fight but the investigation by the authorities stopped them.
Digital forensics officers established identified the sender as Yousif and started tracking the group, arresting the teenager and his brother in August 2016 as they arrived back in the UK from a holiday in Egypt.
After seizing their mobile phones, investigators found a “significant quantity” of terrorist propaganda and Telegram conversations between the brothers and a figure in Yemen discussing plans to join the Islamic State in Syria or Libya.
But the Alsyed brothers were released and acquired new phones, which were found to contain more communication on potential travel when they were arrested for a second time in February last year.
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