Convicted terrorist sent back to jail after taking selfie on secret phone

Ahmed Aweys has been sent back to prison (Picture: Met Police)
Ahmed Aweys has been sent back to prison (Picture: Met Police)

A convicted terrorist has been sent back to prison after police discovered a selfie on his secret phone.

Ahmed Aweys, 34, from Chadwell Heath, east London, received a 25-month jail sentence in January 2018, for three charges of disseminating a terrorist publication.

He was made the subject of a terrorism notification order as part of the terms of his release on licence in August, 2019.

But in September, police found he had used an unauthorised bank account belonging to his sister to receive three Department for Work and Pensions payments after applying for universal credit.

When police went to arrest him, they found he also had a second phone he had not declared to police, the Old Bailey, in London, heard.

View of the main tower of Old Bailey the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, and London skyline.
View of the main tower of Old Bailey in London (Picture: Getty)

An examination of the mobile device revealed he had used it to send texts, make calls, search the internet and had even taken a selfie on it.

Aweys, who was recalled to prison, admitted two charges of breaching notification order requirements and appeared to be sentenced at the Old Bailey by video link from Wandsworth jail.

Mr Justice Sweeney handed him 16 months for each offence to run concurrently with each other and his original sentence.


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The judge said the defendant had deliberately flouted the terrorism notification requirement, saying: “The requirements are clearly there for the important purpose of enabling the authorities to keep track of the activities of those who have been convicted of terrorism offences and thereby minimise the danger by them to members of the public.”

Judge Sweeney added the purpose of the jail sentence was “punishment, deterrent and protection of the public”.

Aweys was due for release in September.

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