British Muslim who pleaded guilty to terror offences tells Old Bailey that UK 'is a joke'
A BRITISH Muslim who possessed a 'how-to guide' for Islamic state terrorists said he wanted to be sentenced in an Islamic court as he pleaded guilty to two terror offences at the Old Bailey.
Atiq Ahmed, 32, yesterday admitted two charges brought under the Terrorism Act of disseminating terrorist publications – and described Britain as "a joke".
The offences relate to two "relatively short" videos posted on his Google Plus account between January and March this year.
Ahmed, who is unemployed, had told the court: "I want out of this land… it's like a joke to me."
Throughout the brief hearing, Ahmed – wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit – muttered and rocked his head back and forth, and could be heard saying: "People kill innocent people and blame us."
Judge Michael Topolski QC adjourned the case until 21 September for sentencing and said: "The psychiatric element is going to be important for me to consider."
He added: "There won't be a trial now, but there will be a sentencing exercise to go through."
But Ahmed – who claimed he had sought out material out of "curiosity and study" – ranted as he left court: "It should be an Islamic court. This is an enemy of Islam court".
Prosecutor Steven Gray said the Crown accepted the pleas on the basis that he was "reckless" as to the effect of the material.
The court heard Ahmed had "literally thousands" of files on his computer, many of which were of a religious or historical context.
Ahmed pleaded not guilty to a further charge of possessing material useful for terrorist purposes, which was allowed to lie on file.
The alleged document, entitled 'Hijra to the Islamic State', is said to be an ISIS 'how to guide' for aspiring Jihadis.
His barrister Andrew Selby said: "This is a man who has had a number of hospital admissions."
Ahmed, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, but entered a not guilty plea to a further charge of possessing information useful for terrorism, which was allowed to lie on file.