Fake Journalist jailed for Terror offences

fake journalist jailed for terror offences

A man posing as a journalist has today (13/6) been jailed for five-and-a-half years for terrorism offences, following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).

Convicted yesterday (12/6) at Kingston Crown Court, Mohamed Kuwaldeen, 38, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of five counts of possession of documents containing information useful for terrorist purposes, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He will not be automatically eligible for release at the half way point of his sentence, and will serve one year on extended licence upon release.

On 21 November 2018, Kuwaldeen was arrested by CTPSE detectives, who searched his then-home address in Slough and seized various items including a laptop, a smartphone and a memory stick, all belonging to him.

They also discovered forged documents relating to a supposed career as a journalist.

When examining the devices, investigators found a number of terrorist and extremist-related documents relating to bomb making. In particular, they found publications which included details on how to avoid police and security services.

When questioned as to why he had the documents, Kuwaldeen, a Sri Lankan national, claimed that he was a journalist conducting research, however his claims proved to be false and he had never published an article. He was subsequently charged on 28 November 2018 and following a trial, convicted.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “Kulwaldeen tried to make out he merely had an interest in finding out more about terrorism for journalistic purposes, yet he possessed fraudulent credentials and had never published a journalistic article in his life.

“Whilst there’s not anything to suggest that Kuwaldeen was preparing to commit acts of terrorism, the documents he had were dangerous terrorist documents, which could be used by someone to help plan and execute an attack.

“Thanks to the excellent investigative work of my detectives, Kuwaldeen was found is now facing a lengthy custodial sentence.”