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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Fifth man guilty in terror case
Awaab Iqbal
Awaab Iqbal will be sentenced with the four other defendants
A university student has been found guilty of possessing articles for terrorist purposes.

Awaab Iqbal, 20, from Bradford, was the fifth person to be convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey.

The case concerned the exchange of internet material said to encourage Islamic terrorist martyrdom.

Iqbal was earlier found not guilty on a possession charge. Three other Bradford University students and a former schoolboy from Ilford await sentence.

The university students were arrested after Mohammed Irfan Raja - a schoolboy at the time - ran away from home in February 2006.

He left a note for his parents saying he was going to fight abroad and they would meet again in heaven, the jury was told.

Telephone call

Raja, now 18, was convicted of two charges of having articles for terrorism.

Aitzaz Zafar, 20, of Rochdale, Lancashire, was convicted of one charge; Usman Ahmed Malik, 21, of Bradford, West Yorkshire of two charges; and Akbar Butt, 20, of Southall, west London, found guilty of one charge.

Raja had been communicating and exchanging material with the students on the internet, before going to stay with them.

He returned home three days later after a telephone call in which his parents begged him to come back.

The men will be sentenced on Thursday.


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