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Mohammad Nawaz Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to attend a terrorism training camp in Syria in 2013 with his brother Hamza. Their trial judge said “The evidence shows you were there for jihad, or holy war, and wanted to join an extremist group.” When he left the UK Mohommad Nawaz was in breach of his licence conditions following his conviction in 2009 for blackmail, false imprisonment, kidnap and wounding. Mohommad was jailed for 4.5 years in December 2014.

Mohommod Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 24, both from Stratford, east London, were sentenced to four-and-a-half years and three years respectively.

They had admitted conspiracy to attend a terrorism training camp in 2013.

In August 2014, members of the Nawaz family contacted the police to say the brothers had gone missing.

The pair had said they were going out for a meal in Walthamstow in East London – but instead they had left for France in Hamza Nawaz’s car.

From there they flew from Lyon to Turkey and ultimately crossed the border to join a jihadist training camp.

They returned to the UK in September but were stopped by border officers who found:

  • Ammunition designed for use in AK-47 rifles
  • Mobile phone pictures of a training camp
  • Additional videos of their trip to the war zone.

In one video, the men are at a river crossing on the Syrian border where they planned to avoid detection by Turkish soldiers.

The pair are asked who they support, and they reply “Junud al-Shaam”, the name of a group also known as Soldiers of Damascus.

Two brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for terrorism training in Syria.


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