Teenager sentenced for terrorism offences

The Met's Counter Terrorism Command has revealed that 18-year-old Arbias Thaqi has been sentenced for terrorism offences at Stratford Youth Court.

The teenager, from east London, has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment and a five-year criminal behaviour order having previously pleaded guilty to six counts of dissemination of terrorist material under section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006, and two counts of possession of documents of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism under section 58 TACT 2000.

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command found that Thaqi had saved various ISIS-related propaganda ‘magazines’, as well as bomb-making manuals at his address, as well as sharing some of the terrorist-related files and documents with others through encrypted apps.

Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said: “Thaqi was collecting an array of terrorist-related content and he was then passing this on to others. It was important we intervened when we did to prevent him from further distributing this dangerous and harmful material – some of which included details on how to make explosive devices. I’d encourage anyone who comes across this sort of content online, or who sees others sharing it to act and report it to us.”

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