Cardiff student jailed for sharing extremist song

16 May 2019, 16:49

Zakaria Afey

A student from Cardiff has been locked up for 30 months for sharing a terrorist song entitled Virgins Of Paradise and having a terrorist manual.

On Wednesday, Zakaria Afey, 20, from St Mellons, pleaded guilty to disseminating the nasheed - a chanted song form popular throughout the Islamic world - on January 12 2017 on the basis he was "reckless".
 
He also admitted to having the terrorist manual How To Survive In The West on May 15 2017.
 
The extremist material was found on the defendant's Samsung Galaxy phone after it was seized in a search of his home in October 2017.
 
Afey confirmed it was his and handed over the password to the handset, asking if the search was related to terrorism, the Old Bailey heard.
 
He told officers he was "interested in my religion" and did "not support terrorism in any way".
 
Afey initially denied the charges against him but changed his plea on the second day of his trial at the Old Bailey.
 
Sentencing on Thursday, Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said: "This was extremist literature reflecting dangerous and cruel beliefs."
 
Afey had sympathy and support for Isis and al Qaida, the court heard.
 
"Overall I do assess you as being deeply committed to this cause," Judge Poulet said.
 
Afey was sentenced to 15 months for disseminating the nasheed and 30 months for having the terror manual, to run concurrently.
 
He was also handed a one-year extended licence period.
 
The police investigation into Afey was sparked by the arrest in February 2017 of four young men, who were later convicted of terrorism offences.
 
Their telephones were seized and communications with Afey were revealed through "painstaking police work".
 
The court was told Afey accepted that he knew that other men involved in his social media chat group had intended to travel to Syria.