Man who sent extremist material online guilty of terrorism offence

A Birmingham man who sent extremist material online has been found guilty at court.

Rayan Saab, aged 22, from Bloombury Walk, Nechells, was convicted today (Tuesday 23 November) at Birmingham Crown Court of four offences of disseminating extremist material between April 2019 and December 2020.

Saab was arrested in January this year by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU. Several electronic devices were seized from his home and, following examination, extremist material was found on each device.

Rayan Saab
Rayan Saab

The material contained information to assist someone committing or preparing an act of terrorism. He was charged on 26 January with five counts of disseminating terrorist publications.

In October prior to his trial, he admitted one of the five charges - sending a terrorist publication via social media in March 2020.

He is due to be sentenced on 7 January.

Detective Chief Supt Kenny Bell, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “We cannot underestimate the dangerous nature of the propaganda material and the influence it can have; which is why it is so important to hold to account those who share these videos with others.

“Police and other agencies can offer support to help safeguard those who are vulnerable to radicalisers.

"The sooner we can intervene, the better chance we have of preventing people from becoming embroiled in the conflict and facing potential prosecution."

Anyone who sees or hears something that could be terrorist-related should act on their instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information, including how to report extremist or terrorist content that is online.
 

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