German national jailed for sharing terrorism content
A 23-year-old man who sent ISIS execution videos to a friend has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years, following a proactive investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Florian Flegel was stopped at Stansted Airport on 12 October 2020 by counter-terrorism officers, using powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was due to board an outbound flight to Cologne, Germany. His mobile phone was seized and examined, and imagery which was indicative of an extremist mindset was found.
He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. Appearing at Woolwich Crown Court on 7 September, he was jailed for three years and eight months.
The court heard that on six occasions between July and September 2020, Flegel - a German national - sent ISIS propaganda videos showing extreme terrorist violence to a friend over a phone messaging app. Each of the charges Flegel admitted to represents one video sent. However, the two exchanged messages over a longer period, and some of the messages were about committing violent acts, and expressed support for the aims of ISIS.
Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said: “The messages and content found on Flegel’s phone were clear evidence of a hate-filled islamist ideology that he endorsed. The videos he shared and the conversations about them showed that Flegel revelled in extreme terrorist violence.
“Content of this nature is extremely harmful to those who view it, and they compromise the safety of Londoners. We would urge anyone who comes across videos that depict or encourage terrorism to report it to police straight away.”