Man jailed for sending pro-Daesh tweets

A man who sent approximately 8,000 tweets campaigning for Daesh has been jailed for five years.

Man jailed for sending pro-Daesh tweets

Mohammed Moshin Ameen, 23 of Dagenham was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for one count of supporting a proscribed organisation and four years' imprisonment for five counts of encouraging terrorism and one count for dissemination of a terrorist publication.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

He was sentenced on Thursday, 28 April, at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty at the same court on 31 March. 

Between May and October 2015, Ameen sent thousands of tweets promoting the terrorist organisation, including one with a link to a Daesh propaganda video. 

Another tweet featured a picture of Ameen - with his head cropped out of shot - holding a machete, and the text stating: "Machete looking sick".

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) launched an intelligence-led investigation, executing a search warrant at Ameen's east London home in June 2015 and seizing a number of mobile phones.

Digital forensic analysts downloaded data from the mobile phones, finding evidence that they had been used to send the tweets.

SO15's investigation continued as they then unpicked how Ameen had used 42 different Twitter handles to send the messages from 16 twitter accounts.

They subsequently returned to Ameen's address on 21 October 2015, where they arrested him on suspicion of terrorism offences and seized more digital devices.

In total, they examined 90 digital devices including mobile phones, USB sticks, a laptop and SIM cards. 

Material they recovered from the devices included the full image of Ameen with the machete.

Officers subsequently charged Ameen on 28 October 2015.