Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dad Jailed for Posting Terror Video

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dad Jailed for Posting Terror Video

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AN asylum seeker from Stockport who posted extremist videos on Facebook supporting ISIS has been jailed.

Father-of-three Saer Hussein Shaker claims he supported the terrorist organisation because they attacked another rebel group which murdered his father and brother-in-law in Syria.

Shaker, 35, who has been in the UK since 2014, pleaded guilty to one count of encouraging an act of terrorism and one count of disseminating terrorist material. He was jailed for two years at Manchester Crown Court.

In June last year Shaker posted a video on his Facebook page with the accompanying comment 'Who are the Sahawat?!', which was written in Arabic.

Prosecuting, Karen Robinson said the Sahawat are a group of Iraqi tribal leaders who worked with American forces against ISIS.

The video, which was played in court, featured red or yellow circles around people who have been murdered.

In a section of the film, described as 'particularly horrific' by the judge, a number of blindfolded Iraqi officers are shot by a man dressed in black.

By the time it was spotted by police, the video had been watched 92 times and liked by three users.

In January this year, Shaker posted a still image taken from another ISIS video, which features interviews with suicide bombers and footage of their murderous missions.

An accompanying caption with the image read: "The striking hour of carrying out a martyrdom operation." Other Facebook users commented on the post, and Shaker later replied: "Are we going to become like them, are we going to attain this destiny."

Further investigation found further extremist views on his Facebook account. In reply to an image of an ISIS fighter carrying a small drone, Shaker commented: "Oh man, that's amazing."

Further material was found on his YouTube and Gmail accounts.

Counter terrorism officers raided his home in Stockport town centre at 7am on February 27 this year. …

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