Man jailed for breaching terrorism notification order

A man has been jailed for breaching the terms of his Terrorism Notification Order following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

Muhammad Abid, 33 (16.08.90) of Newham, was sentenced on Wednesday, 26 June at the Old Bailey, for two breaches of a Part 4 Notification Order under the Counter Terrorism Act, 2008. The breaches related to Abid failing to notify officers about a bank account he had opened, and of a vehicle that had been de-registered from his possession.

Abid was sentenced to a total of two years and three months’ imprisonment, with an order to serve an additional 12 months on licence.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Rees, Head of Operations at the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We take the monitoring of terrorism notification requirements very seriously. These are in place to help us identify and manage any potential risk posed by those previously convicted of terrorism offenders, and, ultimately, keep the public safe.

“Abid failed to comply with the terms of his notification order, so we’ve taken action to investigate that and brought him to justice.”

Abid was made subject to the notification order as a result of a previous investigation by the Counter Terrorism Command. Abid was convicted in January 2018 of failing to disclose information about an act of terrorism that he was aware of, contrary to section 38 of the Terrorism Act, 2000.

He was sentenced to four years and three months’ imprisonment in relation to that matter, and as part of his sentence, was made subject to Part 4 Notification requirements for 10 years.

Abid was released from prison in August 2021 and officers maintained contact with him to monitor his compliance with the Notification Order. However, officers became concerned over Abid’s lack of engagement with them and in March 2022 officers carried out searches at two addresses in east London linked to Abid.

As a result of the searches, officers found evidence suggesting Abid had breached the terms of his notification requirement and after further enquiries, Abid was charged in August 2023, with the alleged breaches and subsequently convicted on 23 April at the Old Bailey.

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