Men not guilty of planning to travel to Syria to engage in terror

Three men have been found not guilty of planning to travel to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.

Photo: Boxing Champ Anthony Small

Michael Coe 34 of east London, Simon Keeler of east London and Anthony Small of south London were all found not guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, following a five-week trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Coe and Small were also found not guilty of conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

In the case of Small the jury were unable to reach a decision on the charges of dissemination of terrorist publications and support for a proscribed organisation. We await the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether there will be a re-trial.

Coe and Keeler had both previously pleaded guilty to possessing false identity documents with improper intention.

In addition, two other men - Hamzar Safdar of Cecil Road, London, E13 and Zagum Perviaz of Frinton Road, London, E6 - previously pleaded guilty (on 9 January and 8 June respectively) to conspiring to possess and produce false identity documents. We await a date for sentencing.