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London Teen Jailed Over Al-Qaeda Terror Guide on Memory Stick

May 11, 2012

A 19-year-old London man caught with a memory stick containing an al-Qaeda terrorism guide was sentenced to 14 months in prison by a court in the U.K. capital.

Mohammed Abu Hasnath, of east London, was arrested in October and pleaded guilty to four separate terror offenses at an earlier hearing at London’s central criminal court, police said.

Abu Hasnath “was caught in possession of a USB device which contained literature designed to influence the reader to support, fund, or join terrorism, and which also provided practical guidance on how to do it.” Stuart Osborne, deputy assistant commissioner, said in an e-mailed statement from the Metropolitan Police today. “This is a serious terrorist offense and we hope this will send a clear message that anyone caught in possession of such material can expect to be brought before the courts.”

The magazine, called ‘Inspire’, is published by al-Qaeda and contains English-language guides on how to commit acts of terrorism, police said.

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