Engineer, 32, who posted propaganda videos of Islamic state on Facebook, is jailed for seven years

Abdulrahman Alcharbati, 32, has been in jail for seven years because he encouraged people to support the Islamic State

Abdulrahman Alcharbati, 32, has been in jail for seven years because he encouraged people to support the Islamic State

Abdulrahman Alcharbati, 32, has been in jail for seven years because he encouraged people to support the Islamic State

A civil engineer and a father-of-person who shared video's to encourage people to support, justify and glorify the actions of the Islamic state & # 39; was imprisoned for seven years.

Abdulrahman Alcharbati, 32, made in the early hours of February 8 last year shared links to the gruesome videos on his Facebook page, where a judge said they were meant to encourage terrorist acts & # 39 ;.

During his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, it was also revealed that jurors were told that one of the films showed that Syrian soldiers were being forcefully beaten and dragged away.

His Facebook page was suspended eight times between December 2016 and March 2017, but he managed to restore it on every occasion by claiming that he only "exposed" what happened & # 39; and that he had to use the site for work.

The court also heard how one of the video 's depicted young children in an orphanage that the & indoctrination & # 39; of the Islamic state and was taught how to become a thorn in the side of enemies of religion.

Alcharbati, born in Syria, has also uploaded a link to a film of people celebrating in the aftermath of a suicide attack.

He was convicted of six counts of the dissemination of terrorist material, with regard to the postings he had made in February 2017, and was also found guilty of possessing a bomb-making & # 39; instructions.

Jury members were told how the manual, which was discovered on his telephone after his arrest on May 3, 2017, gave guidelines for making suicide vests.

He allowed Facebook to continue distributing ISIS propaganda from his home in the UK, despite his account being suspended eight times

He allowed Facebook to continue distributing ISIS propaganda from his home in the UK, despite his account being suspended eight times

He allowed Facebook to continue distributing ISIS propaganda from his home in the UK, despite his account being suspended eight times

Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced him to seven years in prison on Friday: "These were links to extremist Islamic video" s, Isis-inspired video "s that glorified terrorism and were intended to encourage terrorist acts.

I believe that your repeated claims that your intent was simple to share and shed light on what happened, are not credible.

& # 39; Your insult is aggravated by the fact that you did not pay attention to what were in fact repeated warnings from Facebook. & # 39;

The judge added that Alcharbati, of Westholme Gardens, Newcastle, was someone who clearly had terrorist motives, saying that his other Facebook messages were characterized by antipathy towards the Syrian government, aggravated by death from his brother in Syria in 2015.

Then Pawson-Pounds, who continued, said: & # 39; It was a series of video's that had one purpose in itself to support, justify and glorify the actions of Islamic state groups. & # 39;

The court heard how Alcharbati, who was diagnosed as bipolar, claimed that he was suffering from a manic episode & # 39; when he made the posts.

Bunty Batra, defending, told how the defendant has been on a hunger strike since Tuesday, because he believes he should be in a hospital, rather than in a prison & # 39 ;.

The civil engineer, who worked for Capita and the Institute of Civil Engineers at the University of Newcastle, spent months posting videos and messages in which ISIS (file image) was glorified to its 6,400 friends and followers on Facebook

The civil engineer, who worked for Capita and the Institute of Civil Engineers at the University of Newcastle, spent months posting videos and messages in which ISIS (file image) was glorified to its 6,400 friends and followers on Facebook

The civil engineer, who worked for Capita and the Institute of Civil Engineers at the University of Newcastle, spent months posting videos and messages in which ISIS (file image) was glorified to its 6,400 friends and followers on Facebook

Detective Superintendent Martin Snowden, of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said the postings of Alcharbati & # 39; encouraged others to carry out terrorist activities.

He added: "He also appeared to have downloaded an instruction guide with detailed instructions on how to make a suicide vest.

& # 39; Although there was no evidence to indicate the purpose of owning this material, or its intended dissemination, the fact that it was downloaded is very worrying. & # 39;

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