Man from Stepney fleeing to Syria pleads guilty to preparing for terrorism act

Preparing terrorism acts... Shamim Ahmed pleaded guilty at Old Bailey. Picture: MPS

Preparing terrorism acts... Shamim Ahmed pleaded guilty at Old Bailey. Picture: MPS - Credit: MPS

A 24-year-old man who left his home in east London in a bid to join ISIS in Syria has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to preparing for acts of terrorism.

Shamim Ahmed, from Stepney, admitted to a charge of preparing for terrorism when he appeared in the dock yesterday.

He had been intercepted at the Syrian border by Turkish authorities after flying out from Gatwick airport on January 11, 2016.

Ahmed arrived in Istanbul and checked into a hotel, paying for five nights—but the next day took an internal flight to Gaziantep on the Syrian border, the court heard.

He was detained at Oncupinar border crossing by the Turkish authorities and deported back to Britain two days later—where he was met by Scotland Yard officers and arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.


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The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command head, Cmdr Dean Haydon, said: “Ahmed admitted his intention to join the ISIS terrorist organisation at a time when there was no doubt about the atrocities they were committing. That makes him a very dangerous individual.”

Ahmed is being sentenced at the Old Bailey on June 14.

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