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    UK Schoolteacher Jailed for ISIL Plot

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    Chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed has been given a nine-year sentence for preparing to commit terrorist acts.

    A court in London on Thursday convicted Jamshed Javeed, a high school science teacher, of two counts of "engaging in conduct in preparation of terror acts," after it was found that he had made arrangements to travel to Syria and fight for the Islamic State, and also helped other jihadis to make their way to the war zone.

    Javeed, 30, who worked as a high school teacher of chemistry at a school in Bolton, Greater Manchester, was arrested by counter-terrorism police in December 2013, having applied for a new passport, with the intention of going to Syria. 

    In November 2013, the court heard, Javeed's family became suspicious of his intentions to travel to Syria, after becoming aware that his younger brother Mohammed, 21, was one of a group of men who had been helped by Javeed to go to Syria and fight for the Islamic State. In an attempt to prevent him from joining them, his family hid his passport, money and the clothes he had prepared to make the journey.

    "You have never used your passport in the past so it is strange that you feel the need to use it now," his wife Shameila wrote in a text message. "Jamshed, you refuse to take on board anyone's opinion unless I've got a gun and I'm in Syria," she said in another message.

    "So determined were you to go that you ignored the pleas of your wife and parents. Even after they had hidden your passport, you persisted," said Judge Michael Topolski, when sentencing Javeed, "Even the prospect of becoming a father did not deter you."

    During the course of the police investigation, it was revealed that Javeed had conducted internet searches for extremist material about Abu Hamza and Osama Bin Laden, and had downloaded images of Islamic State propaganda.

    In his defense, Javeed admitted to having plans to travel to Syria, but said that he had never supported "the aims of ISIS as now revealed and understood," a claim which was rejected by the court. 

    "I am not satisfied that you reject its [Islamic State] ultimate aims," said Judge Michael Topolski, sentencing Javeed to six years in prison and a three year license period. "You are in my judgment an individual whose potential danger to the public in this country or abroad is clear."

    Of the men who Javeed helped to get to Syria, one is known to be dead, while the others, including his brother Mohammed, are missing.

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